Wednesday, January 28

Can you identify these birds?


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  1. Not all of them. The first two look like female and male bullfinches, the third looks like a pigeon of some kind, perhaps a young woodpigeon, the fourth looks like a sparrow but I don't think it is, the fifth I think is a redwing and the last a great spotted woodpecker. Marks out of six. I'm rubbish at identifying birds.

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  2. Top two are female and male bullfinches {gorgeous birds}
    Next one is a wood pigeon {watch your crops!}
    not sure about the next one, tree sparrow? Does it have a ring on it's right leg?
    then we have a Redwing ~ one of my favourite birds, and it is always a sign of a hard winter when they come in to the gardens to look for food.
    Spotted Woodpecker, but not exactly sure which one as the differences between Greater Spotted and Lesser Spotted are, I think down to size.

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    1. 3 ½ Deborah. These birds weren't in our garden but at an RSPB reserve near us.

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  3. I'll give it a try (even if I don't live in England)...Bullfinch male, female, some type of pigeon, house sparrow (?), thrush and a spotted woodpecker (probably a great). Used RSPB Birdfeeder Handbook.
    Is a Redwing in the Thrush family?

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    1. 3 ½ Juliet - I'll answer that last question later

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  4. David HammondJanuary 28, 2015

    Hi,Think 3 may be stock dove and 4 male reed bunting.

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    1. Hi David I'll let you know later. :)

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  5. My guesses are: 1&2 Bullfinches, 3 Pigeon, 4 No idea 5. Mistle Thrush 6 GSW. Bullfinches frequent a tree around 50m from my garden yet never visit me!

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    1. 3/6 Angie We do occasionally have visits from bullfinches both make and female, and once actually when we were counting for a previous birdwatch

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  6. With my limited knowledge , I would agree with others about all your birds but did wonder whether the sparrow- like bird is a juvenile dunnock ? just a thought.

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  7. I'd have a stab at.....female and male bullfinch, juvenile wood pigeon, female reed bunting? possible linnet, greater spotted woodpecker. I'd put my money on the first three and the last.xxx

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  8. Lol....can I change 5 to a tree pipit?xxx

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  9. David HammondJanuary 29, 2015

    3 stock dove,4 male reed bunting.Others female and male bullfinch,redwing,male greater spotted woodpecker.Nice photos.

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    1. 100% David.
      For everyone else
      1 female bullfinch
      2 Male bullfinch
      3 Fluffed up stock dove which is often mistaken for a wood pigeon. Stock doves are a bit smaller and 'gentler looking, They don't have the white neck patch and the ring around the eye is less distinctive. It is more difficult to tell a stock dove from a juvenile wood pigeon. The stock dove is on the protected list
      4 Male reed bunting
      5 Redwing - winter visitor and Juliet it is a member if the thrush family
      6 Make great spotted woodpecker - the male has a red patch on the back of his head, A juvenile also has a red patch on top of its head. The lesser spotted is smaller, less common and the back has horizontal striping. The male has a red patch on top of his head not at the back of his head.There is no red under the tail.

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  10. Great post sue. I got 5/6 (couldn't think of the stock dove). Brilliant photos too, I haven't seen a bullfinch for years, and no redwings this year either.
    It's rainy and miserable here today so I'm catching up on blog reading.

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    1. Dull here but no rain yet, Lou, 5/6 is good going. The photos were taken at RSPB Old Moor who each day do a sighting list. People log in a book what they have seen and often they have wood pigeons written which I think are people who have mistaken stock doves for wood pigeons,

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