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Huge numbers of geese at work today - over 2000 of them including greylags and pinkies. Over 200 whooper swan as well. Some racket they are making.

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Not a flaming galah or a silly galah but a proper galah.

 

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A few pretty average shots from Shetland a couple of weeks ago: Gannet, Ringed Plover, Twite, Curlew, Fulmar, Turnstone. Quite pleased with the Gannet diving mind you, been trying to get one of those for yonks.

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I'm glad you identified the twite. I think I saw one of those on my holiday the other week.

Usually when I see a LBJ* I just think "sparrow"

 

*LBJ= little brown job 

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Sister in law just phoned my missus to tell her she'd hit a gull on the motorway.

On reflection my first question should have been "Is she okay?" rather than "What species?"

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On 19/10/2020 at 23:21, tamthebam said:

I'm glad you identified the twite. I think I saw one of those on my holiday the other week.

 

Usually get a flock of them flying about the sea wall at Musselburgh in winter. Somebody tweeted seeing them this week.

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For the last few weeks, whilst walking my dogs I’ve seen a couple of Buzzards walking about a field.

 I assume they are looking for worms but it’s quite comical.

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I think there was a grey wagtail in the garden yesterday. it didn't hang around.

larger than a pied wagtail with cream underside and light brown on top.

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48 minutes ago, Nkomo-A-Gogo said:

I think there was a grey wagtail in the garden yesterday. it didn't hang around.

larger than a pied wagtail with cream underside and light brown on top.

They usually show quite yellow underneath, leading to a lot of claims of yellow wagtails.

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Lots to see at Levenhall and over the sea wall walking towards the Esk yesterday.

Here's a bar-tailed godwit.

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I was taking my wall baskets down for the winter yesterday. Against the fence the wood behind was encrusted with slaters (wood louse) and my resident Robin was literally sitting 2 feet from me waiting for each basket to be removed before hopping down a plank and gorging on the wee beasties. He was fearless.

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On 07/11/2020 at 07:58, Nkomo-A-Gogo said:

I think there was a grey wagtail in the garden yesterday. it didn't hang around.

larger than a pied wagtail with cream underside and light brown on top.

Doesn't sound like a grey wagtail. They have a noticably yellow underside and a slate grey/blue top part. I would suggest it was maybe a reed bunting you saw

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Worst photo in the history of this thread but I was trying to get mobile to zoom in before it took off and it didn't focus.  Anyway, we couldn't tell if it was a sparrowhawk or a young Buzzard. Was too dreich to see if there was the orangish Sparrowhawk breast and was only there for a few seconds. We back onto farmland and regularly see and hear buzzards but just not sure. 

Interestingly, our usually busy bird feeders were quiet for the next hour. 

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Worst photo in the history of this thread but I was trying to get mobile to zoom in before it took off and it didn't focus.  Anyway, we couldn't tell if it was a sparrowhawk or a young Buzzard. Was too dreich to see if there was the orangish Sparrowhawk breast and was only there for a few seconds. We back onto farmland and regularly see and hear buzzards but just not sure. 
Interestingly, our usually busy bird feeders were quiet for the next hour. 
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Would go for a female Sparrowhawk

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Wtf, just saw a magpie in my garden (loch ness area). Have never seen one this far north, ever. This is hoody/carrion crow country, in 20 odd yrs bird watching have never seen one up here. Could it have been released or blown off course?

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4 minutes ago, HeWhoWalksBehindTheRows said:

Wtf, just saw a magpie in my garden (loch ness area). Have never seen one this far north, ever. This is hoody/carrion crow country, in 20 odd yrs bird watching have never seen one up here. Could it have been released or blown off course?

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Climate change in action? Worth logging that with the BTO.

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