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Stonechat, probably. Kent, UK (1 Viewer)

louise S

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Sweden
Hello,

This is hopefully an easy one: I saw this bird today near the coast in Kent. I was fairly sure it was a stonechat, but we saw quite a few of them today and this one seemed much bigger and puffier than the others, with a different sort of head shape. It was hanging out with a reed bunting. It doesn't have the white around the neck that I'm used to looking for, but I don't think this is so unusual in males during the winter.

Is this a stonechat, or have I missed the clues for something else?

Thanks, all! :)
 

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Deb Burhinus

Used to be well known! 😎
Europe
Hi Louise

Birds fluff up their feathers to stay warm when perched - it is a male in non-breeding plumage (but I wouldn’t like to age it from this photo.)
 

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