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I had a great afternoon - my first in many months :)

Could someone more knowledgeable than me tell me if this is black tailed or bar tailed? I have never seen a bar tailed before and my book says it fits for the orange-brown breast continuing underneath, but the beak looks more black tailed? ( and all the notes in the book are of black tailed!) Sorry it was a long way away!
Geography is your best starting point. If it's inland, black-tailed is the most likely. Some races have this more extensive ruddy colouring too.
 
I had a great afternoon - my first in many months :)

Could someone more knowledgeable than me tell me if this is black tailed or bar tailed? I have never seen a bar tailed before and my book says it fits for the orange-brown breast continuing underneath, but the beak looks more black tailed? ( and all the notes in the book are of black tailed!) Sorry it was a long way away!
Icelandic race Black-tailed Godwit
 
Also big brood of think tufties?
 

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There are 2 subspecies commonly encountered in the UK. The 'Icelandic' race Limosa limosa islandica, which breeds in Iceland and the nominate subspecies Limosa limosa limosa which breeds in Europe, Scandinavia and Russia. There are some differences between them, one being that the Icelandic race tends to be a deeper more extensive russet colour in summer plumage. Both races are easily told from the Bar-tailed when seen in flight (which has similar colouration to the Icelandic race) as they have obvious white wing bars. When at rest the differences between bar and black are a bit more subtle but not too difficult when you get your eye in. Hope this helps.
 
Thank you so much - most interesting :) Unfortunately it did not fly, my book said to look out for white wing bars.
I still await my first bar tailed!
Early migrant do you think?
 
Bar-tailed tend to occur irregularly at Upton Warren, mainly on spring passage. They are a lot rarer than Black-tailed (at UW / in Worcestershire), which is a regular spring and summer/autumn visitor. Most of them are probably Icelandic in our region. Bar-tailed are pretty easy to catch up with at coastal locations in the UK.
 
Going to Berwick caravan club site at end of August - you never know! Thanks for the knowledge - I am always keen to learn :)
 
Visited the flashes today for the first time in what seems ages, nice to see it open again and checked out the new hide (I have been looking in from the public footpath at times however)
This mornings highlights- circa 13 Avocet, 5 LRP including 1 tiny chick, 2 Snipe, 3 Blackwit, 4 Green Sand, 1 Common Sand, 1 Common Tern, 1 Redstart on muck heap plus Chiffchaffs and 2 Lesser Whitethroat there. Also a Cetti's Warbler was singing from the third flash
 
Hi all,

Great day today - highlight was seeing a female Marsh harrier (if briefly) at the Moors. I was in the concrete hide, 6.02pm, the lapwings went up and an adult female flew towards me and over the hide, unfortunately my camera is not one which takes that sort of shot, but very happy :)

Also think, after 45 min of discounting teal, I found the garganey, please could someone confirm from pics below?

Great chat in the hides, so happy to be back!

PS LRP chick is still with us :)
 

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Hi all,

Great day today - highlight was seeing a female Marsh harrier (if briefly) at the Moors. I was in the concrete hide, 6.02pm, the lapwings went up and an adult female flew towards me and over the hide, unfortunately my camera is not one which takes that sort of shot, but very happy :)

Also think, after 45 min of discounting teal, I found the garganey, please could someone confirm from pics below?

Great chat in the hides, so happy to be back!

PS LRP chick is still with us :)
Nice pictures of the Garganey, I didn't have time to visit the Moors today.
 
Dunlin at the Flashes this morning plus good view of Garden Warbler along path at back of Cuckoo hide. Also Spotted Flycatcher by transmitter compound. No sign of juv Redstart from yesterday (picture from Tuesday) Otherwise 8 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 4 LRP and circa 25 Avocet. Also 2 fledgling Cetti’s Warbler calling and showing to right of Cuckoo hide. Peregrine to mast & 2 Sand Martin through.
This looks like the same first winter male Redstart that I saw and sound recorded yesterday (11 August) in the hawthorn bushes and hedgerow between the two hides on the flashes, Gert. It was very vocal, but could easily mistaken for a Chiffchaff calling.
 
This looks like the same first winter male Redstart that I saw and sound recorded yesterday (11 August) in the hawthorn bushes and hedgerow between the two hides on the flashes, Gert. It was very vocal, but could easily mistaken for a Chiffchaff calling.
Sorry John - just seen this and heard your recording on Twitter. Spot on for the one I heard this morning on the Salwarpe path. Spent 15 minutes looking for it to be sure!
 

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