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Bird 2016 May The last bird I posted was a passerine, a perching bird which sings. From that point onwards, as with so many birds, it is about the “jizz”.
This is a smart but unspectacular dbj ("dull brown job") or, perhaps in this case, a dull grey job.
There is a hint of a rufous tail, which is a big clue. The overall greyness and chat like shape are conducive to this species. If it was a fully adult male in breeding plumage it would be simpler. But you did get it right in the end.
This is a Black Redstart, taken a couple of years ago at South Gare.
Richard


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Last time, I gave you a bird in semi aquatic settings. It was not a brilliant shot, but the best I managed. It is often difficult to see these birds let alone photograph them.

It is quite long legged, which are yellowy green and an orangey bill. It has quite distinctive spotted and greyish undersides and the combination of plumage details is fairly specific to the species.

Most of you went for crakes and rails. This was correct. But the majority plumped for Corncrake, which is an altogether different shaped bird and has much brighter warm brown tones to its plumage.

Some went for immature Water Rail, but they always have distinctly long bills and the plumage is wrong.

Baillon’s and Little Crake also have very different plumage features and although I have seen Sora in Britain,  alas - I do not have a photograph.

The bird was, eventually, identified by you as a Spotted Crake and was photographed last autumn at Blacktoft Sands.

Richard


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Obviously a gull - but what ?
It is a dark gull, fairly dark grey mantle and sooty head markings. There is some brown smudging. The bill is heavy and dark towards the tip the legs are a dirty reddish colour. All the primaries are black. There are white ellipses above and below the eye. The brownish markings suggest that this bird is an immature, it is in fact, a 1st winter. The sooty markings on the head suggest a bird which is black headed in summer plumage and this is true of this species. The rather dark mantle and long heavy bill do not suggest any smaller European gulls, it is totally wrong for Black Headed, Mediterranean and the wrong build for Little. You need to go further afield to get this bird right, it is in fact, a Laughing Gull taken at New Brighton, last February..

Richard


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I do not have Richard`s notes for the ID on this one - I will try to add them later. 
The bird is a Curlew Sandpiper.








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Richard`s notes not to hand for this one either ; it is a Mediterranean Gull.










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