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Correction: Corvid Confusion

The Second picture in the Jackdaw post (bird No.19) is not a Jackdaw.

We were out walking and saw Jackdaws nesting in an old tree

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A very different nest -so I looked back at the photos and checked. I now think the second photo is of a Rook -but it does give me another species!

I am sure will not be the first correction required in this thread :)

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27. Rook Corvus frugilegus

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Lapworth 03.04.2016

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Lapworth 03.04.2016

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28. Coot Fulica atra

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 25.02.2016

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Building Nest - Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 14.03.2016

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On Nest - Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 21.03.2016

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29. Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 05.04.2016

 

Although originally from Central and South America, a number have escaped domestication in the UK andlive as wild birds.

 

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 14.03.2016

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30. Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 14.03.2016

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 05.04.2016

 

I put the second photo in to show the amazing legs and feet.

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31. Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

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Sandwell Valley, West Midlands 17.03.2016

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Sandwell Valley, West Midlands 17.03.2016

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Sandwell Valley, West Midlands 17.03.2016

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A good weekend for you it seems! Really like the Lapwing. How close was this?

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@@michael-ibk

Thank you - I still have catching up to do!

I had only ever seen Lapwing from a distance before this sighting - I thought they were Black and White, so it was a pleasant surprise to see how colourful and beautiful they are. The two close-up pictures were taken from a Hide (Blind) at this RSPB reserve - my software suggests it was taken at between 15m and 18m. The image is cropped, but not heavily.

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Ah, a hide explains it. I´ve rarely seen Lapwings, and only ever from long distances, they tend to be quite shy I think.

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Lovely jay - I usually have to cheat and put one in from the camera trap, as for large birds, they are pretty shy (at least in my garden)

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@@Tdgraves

Thank you. The first on was on the other side of a canal so perhaps didn't see us as a threat so quickly - it did fly off though! We haven't seen one in the garden for a long time.

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Posted (edited)

Your UK lapwing really is a beautiful bird!

 

And of course, stunning photos once again.

Edited by Peter Connan
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Love the lapwing!

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32. Goosander Mergus merganser

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Female, Earlswood,nr Birmingham 07.03.2016

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M+F, Earlswood,nr Birmingham 13.03.2016

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33. Gadwall Anas strepera

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Male, Sandwell Valley, West Midlands 17.03.2016

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M+F, Marsh Lane Nature Reserve ,nr Coventry 01.04.2016

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34. Greylag Goose Anser anser

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 05.04.2016

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Portrait, Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 05.04.2016

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35. Canada Goose Branta canadensis

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Portrait, Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 05.04.2016

 

Many Canada Geese live all year round in the UK having been introduced about 300 years ago and then spread across the country. They are often considered a pest.

 

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Wash: Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 04.04.2016

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Dry: Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 04.04.2016

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Preen: Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 04.04.2016

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36. Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis

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Sandwell Valley, West Midlands 13.04.2016

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Sandwell Valley, West Midlands 13.04.2016

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37. Mute Swan Cygnus olor

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(Appropriately) Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 14.03.2016

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Portrait: Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 05.04.2016

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Preening: Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 14.04.2016

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38. Shoveler Anas clypeata

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 14.03.2016

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 14.03.2016

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39. Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 14.03.2016

I find Gulls really difficult to identify! The picture above is breeding plumage (and the head is brown :) ).

But then there is Winter plumage:

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 14.03.2016

And juveniles have a different plumage

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 14.03.2016

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 14.03.2016

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40. Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus

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Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham 16.03.2016

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 04.04.2016

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 04.04.2016

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Posted (edited)

41. Wren Trogdolytes trogdolytes

(This Latin name makes the inclusion of these names worthwhile in itself!)

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Earlswood,nr Birmingham 25.02.2016

 

The Wren is a tiny bird (10g according to my book). When I was young, the UK had a non-decimal currency. A Pound(£) was made up of 240 pennies. We also had a 1/2 penny coin, and a 1/4 penny coin - called a farthing (very small physically as well as in value). On one side of the farthing was a picture of a Wren. I was very aware that it was a small bird, but I never saw one!

 

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Earlswood,nr Birmingham 25.03.2016

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Earlswood,nr Birmingham 25.03.2016

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Moseley Bog, Birmingham 14.04.2016

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42. Buzzard Buteo buteo

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Over Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 21.03.2016

Books from 1990 showing the range of the Buzzard do not include the centre of England - but now they are quite common and we regularly see them over the city.

 

As I was taking the picture above, another Buzzard flew in and there was a big clash in the sky (poor photo but exciting action!)

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Over Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 21.03.2016

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Beautiful - particularly like the Wren. You're right, the Latin name is quite cool. Are the Barnacles "natives"?

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