May 16th, 2010, 12:37 PM
I.D. help please
I think this bird is a mistle thrush, but the (extremely poor) shots in flight dont look at all right to me. Is it possible they are two different birds?
May 16th, 2010, 01:42 PM
May 16th, 2010, 02:16 PM
1 Mistle Thrush
Second set; yes, all correct:
3 Meadow Pipit
Last edited by MichaelF; May 16th, 2010 at 02:25 PM.
May 16th, 2010, 02:31 PM
Hi Michael, thanks for your reply.
How confident are you on Fieldfare for the birds in flight? This would be quite significant as i was doing a favour for an ecologist friend (who isn't lucky enough to have a 400mm lens ) and assesing what bird life was at this farm, and i think i am right in saying that a fieldfare at this time of the year (possibly breeding?) would be a fairly rare occurence. Or are there more about due to the unseasonably cold weather at the mo.
May 16th, 2010, 05:21 PM
Agree with MichaelF on all but the third shot in the first set (the second shot is definitely Fieldfare, that pale pale grey rump is unmistakable) - that white terminal band to the tail is wrong. But what it is ? Common Cuckoo??
Last edited by Colin Key; May 16th, 2010 at 05:24 PM.
May 16th, 2010, 05:29 PM
I was 100% certain the birds in flight were the same bird, i.e the bird did not leave the view finder as i tracked it. However, one of the shots had 2 birds in it (not one of the ones i have posted) so maybe i crossed over, but this would mean me mistaking 3 birds for 1
May 16th, 2010, 05:40 PM
Imgages #2 and #3 in the first set are not of the same bird, or of the same species, of that I am convinced. #2 is without doubt a Fieldfare, and #3 (from the white terminal band to the tail and the strong breast barring) looks like a Common Cuckoo to me. The "jizz" of a Common Cuckoo in flight is unmistakable - do you recall what it looked like?
May 16th, 2010, 05:44 PM
First-winter Fieldfares do have narrow white terminal tips on the tail feathers.
When were the in-flight pics taken? I'm assuming that white on the ground is snow, so back a month or two ago, in which case Fieldfare isn't out of the ordinary. But even if taken now, a few late Fieldfares do hang on well into May before leaving.
May 16th, 2010, 05:47 PM
My first thought when i saw the bird was that it was a raptor , which was why i was very surprised to see a mistle thrush in the view finder when i snapped image #1 on the ground.
Colin having looked at the exif data, shots 2 and 3 were taken next to each other in High speed burst, which makes me think they must be the same bird
May 16th, 2010, 06:04 PM