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New Bird in garden
« on: February 12, 2012, 09:40:21 »
There is a bird in the garden I do not recognise.  It about the size of a blackbird but mostly grey and brown.  It holds its tail up.  The most notable feature is that it has two brown patches on its pale chest, so I have nick naked it the bikini bird or Barbara for short.

The last time I had an unidentified bird iin the garden t was a Temminck's Tragopan.  So this one might be an exotic as well.

My first thought was a fieldfare but it is not big enough and no spotty frontage and they do not hold their tails up.


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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2012, 12:59:06 »
I was going to suggest Fieldfare till I read the end of your post. Nothing springs to mind with that description, not that Im an ornithologist at all. Still learning as I go along too, I'll be very intersted to know what it was if you find out. Good luck! ;D
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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012, 19:04:51 »
A wryneck seems to have the patches but the tail could be wrong  ???

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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2012, 20:25:21 »
I never new what a fielfare looked like,  as I thought we had one a brown bird about the size of a blackbird only with dull orange type patch on its chest!I looked up rspb site its not a fieldfare at all? what is it!there was two to-day!

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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2012, 20:38:30 »
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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2012, 20:45:55 »
Many thanks for the suggestions.  Mine was not a wryneck or a redwing.

It had a pale grey/brown chest with two brown patches.  Not mottled chest.  With darker wings.  Size of a blackbird. 

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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2012, 21:41:15 »
I sorry Flighty, but thats not my birds ,I first thought it was a female blackbird,but the beak is dark and the marks on the chest are like a robins only dirty orange color,will use my bins tommorow to get a closer look :)

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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2012, 14:43:09 »
I don't think there's much else it could be apart from a Fieldfare, especially at this time of year...? Sometimes the spots can look as if they're clumped together, and they often hold their tails up a bit, often emphasised by slightly drooping wings.

Other than some sort of escape, its hard to see what else it could be.

The size thing, they are a bit bigger than blackbirds, but size is very difficult to judge with birds.

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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2012, 23:02:35 »
This is where a picture /photo shot would help ;)

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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2012, 02:46:37 »
I don't think there's much else it could be apart from a Fieldfare,

I think you may well be right  ;)

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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2012, 09:49:21 »
I will see if it turns up again. 

Birds have a nasty habit of flying off as soon as I manage to get a camera in hand.
We had five male bull finches the other week and all I got was a rather poor pic with one. 

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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2012, 18:12:04 »
They only do it to annoy and because they know it teases...... ;D

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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2012, 19:54:31 »
They only do it to annoy and because they know it teases...... ;D

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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2012, 12:27:53 »
Blackbirds quite frequently have some white feathers so it's possibly a blackbird, but I don't think so as I've never heard of them having any grey, it's either black or white.

My best guess would be a Ring Ouzel.
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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2012, 12:02:17 »
Ring Ouzels are summer visitors here, and not really a garden bird, more of a moorland type, though they can turn up anywhere on passage in spring and autumn.

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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2012, 00:47:10 »
Blackbirds quite frequently have some white feathers so it's possibly a blackbird, but I don't think so as I've never heard of them having any grey, it's either black or white.

My best guess would be a Ring Ouzel.

What an interesting bird. Not only have I never seen one I'd never heard of them before either!!!

This link works Ring Ouzel but I couldn't get your link to do it's thing.  :(

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Re: New Bird in garden
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2012, 00:47:10 »