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Any ornithologists here ?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Ian J, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. Ian J

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    We have had a visitor to the seed feeders hanging from the tree in our garden that I am having difficulty in identifying. It is reasonably tame so I took some snaps this morning but unfortunately as I have a problem with my PC monitor that shows everything as too dark I can't see if there is sufficient detail to allow anyone to identify the bird.

    It looks a bit "fluffy" so I guess that it may be young and it spends most of it's time on the thistle feeder which is where the goldfinches tend to head for but whilst the colours may change as it gets older it doesn't seem to have the rounded beak of a finch but more of an "ordinary" beak like a sparrow.

    Anyone have any ideas ?
     

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    Looks like some sort of finch, but the beak doesn't look quite right ?
     
  3. Solomon Grundy

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    What you have there is a young Goldfinch...
     
  4. HMHB

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    Yes that looks like a young Goldfinch. This site is reasonable for British garden birds, the photos aren't the best I've seen, but it allows you to listen to birdsong for identification purposes.
     
  5. Ian J

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    Great stuff - thanks
     
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    What about pan-fried with a redcurrant jus and served with a potato rosti? :D :hiya:
     
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  8. Ian J

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    Six months on, that young goldfinch must have had a word with his mates as there is now about a dozen that visit several times a day and tend to come and go together.

    In the last few weeks we have also had a new visitor as a kestrel now turns up a couple of times a week and either sits in the tree or on the fence. I'm not sure whether he comes here for a rest or in the hope of a tasty goldfinch for dinner.
     
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    If it's sitting then it's probably there for a rest. Kestrels usually fly really slowly/almost hover and swoop down on unsuspecting mice. :)
     
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    Without doubt it is a goldfinch. I use to be able to recognise any British bird at one time but now not as many but I know my basic ones like the finch family and know a tit when I see one tit.:rolleyes:

    I had a thread a bit back where a goldfinch flew into my front window and my late dog stood guard over it till I got there, as a cat was after it.
    I brought it in the conservatory whilst it recovered, and ever since I have seen more and more in the area.
    It is one of the nicest marked British birds there is and is good gardener’s friend as they eat weed seeds and insects.
     
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    speaking of unusual birds turning up in your garden, we get pheasants aplenty and when it gets dark, a bloody great big owl sits in the tree outside our french windows and screeches for ages! I sometimes open the door to tell it to shut up but it just sits there with its "glowing" eyes, waits until I go back indoors before piping up again...
     
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    where do you live the enchanted forest?:D
     
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    :eek: You don't live near Sellafield do you? :D
     
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    I keep putting the seed out on the bird table and get a few blackbirds and sparrows and some big fat greedy collared doves. The blackbirds quite often have a bath in the pond as well :)
     
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    I reckon its a big wasp.
     
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    Shame the shooting season is finished.
     
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    Collared doves and wood pigeons are a complete pain in the backside. Winged Vacuum cleaners, they descend and gobble everything up, cost me a fortune they do.
     
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    Does anyone know what this is ? I looked out of the window this afternoon and saw it on the fence. It's a poor picture as it was taken through glass and I didn't have the time to get my long zoom camera out.
     

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    Looks like a Fatius Basteadus to me.:D
     
  20. Ian J

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    Looks like a Jay to me
     

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    Thats a Redleg Partridge.
     
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    It looks like an outbuilding in your neighbours garden...made out of what seems to be some sort of corrugated metal, could even be an asbestos roof.........oh, you mean the object in the foreground.....that, in my limited experience, is definitely a bird of some description.:D
     
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    Redlegged Partridge looks promising
    see here
     
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    It is mate, I shoot them.



    Ducks for cover........................
     
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    :D As I'm not near any fields I imagine it's got a bit lost then !
     
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    Yes, as others have said, it's a red legged partridge. I believe it's also sometimes called a French Partridge. Geoff. :smashin:
     
  27. Ian J

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    If you grab it I'll come over and cook it
     
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    I think you'll find its a TIT - I would say that wouldn't I !! On second look I would catagorically agree with Deco - goldfinch.

    Bitofatit ;)
     
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    they've moved onto another one since the goldfinchmate :)
     
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    I know but I had to get in my TIT thing!
     

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