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#1 Slim

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Posted 19 June 2015 - 09:17 PM

While out riding my bike this year I've seen a lot of birds, mostly pigeons, a couple of buzzards, magpies occasionally, not usually very interesting.

 

But a few weeks ago in a wooded area just off the road I noticed a distinctive bird with a sort of tan colour, and either dark blue or black markings - roughly pigeon-sized I suppose. Quite striking in appearance.

 

This evening I noticed a small bird flitting in the hedgerow - I only saw it for a moment, but sort of light grey brown with mustard yellow colouring.

 

Anyone know what they might be?



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Posted 19 June 2015 - 09:21 PM

They sound fully laden African Swallows to me, James.
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Posted 19 June 2015 - 10:14 PM

While out riding my bike this year I've seen a lot of birds, mostly pigeons, a couple of buzzards, magpies occasionally, not usually very interesting.

 

But a few weeks ago in a wooded area just off the road I noticed a distinctive bird with a sort of tan colour, and either dark blue or black markings - roughly pigeon-sized I suppose. Quite striking in appearance.

 

This evening I noticed a small bird flitting in the hedgerow - I only saw it for a moment, but sort of light grey brown with mustard yellow colouring.

 

Anyone know what they might be?

Sounds - or looks - like a Jay to me.

 

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See them in our garden in autumn, when they collect acorns.


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Posted 19 June 2015 - 10:30 PM

The black or dark blue markings on the feathers looks about right but the main body was quite a vivid tan .. having looked at an African Swallow pic it could be either. Interesting.

 

Did a bit of googling for the one with the yellow colouring and think it might have been a sedge warbler.

 

https://www.rspb.org...s/sedgewarbler/

 

Sadly a lot of the birds I see while out on the bike are dead. One large white bird in particular had had a fight to the death with something and lost, its body half eaten and located at the end of a trail of feathers.



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Posted 19 June 2015 - 10:33 PM

Did a bit of googling for the one with the yellow colouring and think it might have been a sedge warbler.

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Now I do "Twitch" a bit, but where Warblers are concerned unless they are a Dartford Warbler, or a Blackcap (females have brown caps); the Warblers are all just LBJs - Little Brown Jobs - to me.


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Posted 20 June 2015 - 09:04 AM

After a bit more googling I'm wondering if it was a goldfinch. The colour wasn't really vivid though, but the yellow bits were in the same place.

 

Amazing to think those little things are descended from dinosaurs.



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Posted 20 June 2015 - 10:33 AM

Can you identify these birds?

 

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Posted 20 June 2015 - 11:21 AM

I used to work in an office with two women who, in conversation with each other, used the term "bird" to refer to other new women.. as in  "that ginger-haired bird in reception was looking for you" for example. Neither of them particularly butch.



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Posted 20 June 2015 - 06:55 PM

Saw two small birds with yellow colouring while out on the bike this evening, but more distinct colours this time - had a really good view of one of them and I'm pretty sure it was one of these:

 

http://www.rspb.org....inch/index.aspx

 

Except that I don't think it had the white spot on the side of its head, more of a "pudding bowl" shape black cap. The one I saw yesterday could well have been a juvenile; the illustration looks just right.



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Posted 20 June 2015 - 08:20 PM

After a bit more googling I'm wondering if it was a goldfinch. The colour wasn't really vivid though, but the yellow bits were in the same place.

 

Amazing to think those little things are descended from dinosaurs.

 

If your goldfinches are the same as ours, their plumage changes depending on season and the females are a duller color than the males.


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Posted 20 June 2015 - 09:57 PM

If your goldfinches are the same as ours, their plumage changes depending on season and the females are a duller color than the males.

They're not the same. Yours is the American Goldfinch, although they are all fringillidae. The sexual dimorphism in the Old World - that's Old World Good - Goldfinches is barely discernible.


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Posted 21 June 2015 - 03:30 AM

They're not the same. Yours is the American Goldfinch, although they are all fringillidae. The sexual dimorphism in the Old World - that's Old World Good - Goldfinches is barely discernible.

 

I was unclear. I didn't mean that you had American Goldfinches, but that perhaps yours had plumage whose vibrancy varied depending on the season. Interesting that yours don't have much sexual dimorphism. Most of the common finches I have in my yard do.


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Posted 21 June 2015 - 02:39 PM

Can you identify these birds?

 

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Any fuckin' excuse, eh Flessert?  At least you're consistent,

 

While out riding my bike this year I've seen a lot of birds, mostly pigeons, a couple of buzzards, magpies occasionally, not usually very interesting.

 

But a few weeks ago in a wooded area just off the road I noticed a distinctive bird with a sort of tan colour, and either dark blue or black markings - roughly pigeon-sized I suppose. Quite striking in appearance.

 

This evening I noticed a small bird flitting in the hedgerow - I only saw it for a moment, but sort of light grey brown with mustard yellow colouring.

 

Anyone know what they might be?

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This is a Yellow-Shafted Flicker, which is a northern species of Flicker and also a species of Woodpecker.  We have one of these in our neighborhoos as well as a Downey Woodpecker which has been feeding on an ash tree about 50 ft from my building.  The Yellow-shafted Flicker in our neighborhood us usually on the ground because it's main food source are ants and beetles.

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 02:55 PM

Ok, it won't let me edit so FUCK IT!  The second bird above is the Downy Woodpecker,  which is in the Flicker family also.


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Posted 21 June 2015 - 07:03 PM

Any fuckin' excuse, eh Flessert?  At least you're consistent,

 

Better Orf?

 

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 09:45 PM

I was unclear. I didn't mean that you had American Goldfinches, but that perhaps yours had plumage whose vibrancy varied depending on the season. Interesting that yours don't have much sexual dimorphism. Most of the common finches I have in my yard do.

Yes. You were unclear. Most Eurasian finches have clear sexual dimorphism, but the Goldfinch doesn't. It does however come in a wide variety of races throughout its range.


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Posted 23 June 2015 - 03:48 AM

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 10:24 PM

Better Orf?

 

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 06:55 PM

Here in Montenegro there are thousands of those fork-tailed birds, swallows I think, orange and brown coloured. Makes sense because I know they are migratory hence like warm weather - and it's certainly hot here.

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 07:06 AM

It's the rare ex-parrott


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