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Christmas Birding ID Help - UK (1 Viewer)

Des!

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Hi

Whilst in Norfolk over Christmas managed to get out - but saw some birds not 100% on ID.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Unfortunately pic aren't as clear as hoped, but hopefully it'll give people a rough idea.

Pics 1 & 2 - Harrier?

Pic 3

Pic 4

Pic 5 - Scaup? (Similar to 4 but band not as white or big?)

Cheers!

Des
 

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Gordon

Registered User
Hi Des!

Pics 1 and 2 - Common Buzzard
Pic 3 - female Stonechat
Pic 4 - female Pochard
Pic 5 - female Scaup

cheers
Gordon
 

Andrew Whitehouse

Professor of Listening
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Scotland
I think the bird in the first two pictures is a ringtail Hen Harrier.

Just to elaborate, it looks rather small headed in the first picture. The underparts look streaked (not easy to tell I know) and I think the pale shoulder is also good for Hen Harrier.
 
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Gordon

Registered User
Andrew - on closer inspection I think you could be right!
When I zoom in on pic 2 I can "see" a "harrier" face but does the bird not have a heavier looking build than a harrier? I was also influenced (pre-zooming-in) by the large white covert patches (more obvious than expect on ring-tail?)which I've been noticing on a lot of Common Buzzards around here recently.

cheers
Gordon
 

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