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Bird Ident Please


SlowSong Plus
11 8.4k 30 England
29 Aug 2019 10:00AM
This bird has visited my garden on a few occasions but I can't identify it from books or on line pics. I'd really like to know what it is and I'm sure there's an expert out there who can help. It looks like a juvenile of some sort, but it's bigger than a blackbird and just a bit smaller than a ring-necked dove. Apologies for the poor photo but it was down the bottom of the garden and very small in the frame. Thank you in advance.

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dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 599 England
29 Aug 2019 10:07AM
Looks like a juvenile starling. It should start to develop adult speckled plumage very soon.
SlowSong Plus
11 8.4k 30 England
29 Aug 2019 10:09AM

Quote:Looks like a juvenile starling. It should start to develop adult speckled plumage very soon.
Thank you, but it's much biigger than a juvenile starling. I get lots of them on the feeders and they are much smaller than this.
Tianshi_angie 4 2.7k England
29 Aug 2019 10:23AM
I have had a look through some juvenile birds and this is very similar
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kkoshy/33786971498

The problem is that this a a bird from Thailand and that is a very long way from home. But it is a grey winged blackbird - nearest I can find.

I am so puzzled by this I think it would be an idea to ask the RSPB

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/bird-and-wildlife-guides/ask-an-expert/previous/fieldfare.aspx
SlowSong Plus
11 8.4k 30 England
29 Aug 2019 10:55AM

Quote:I have had a look through some juvenile birds and this is very similar
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kkoshy/33786971498
The problem is that this a a bird from Thailand and that is a very long way from home. But it is a grey winged blackbird - nearest I can find. I am so puzzled by this I think it would be an idea to ask the RSPB

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/bird-and-wildlife-guides/ask-an-expert/previous/fieldfare.aspx



Thanks Angie. I checked, and so have some other people, and the ident came up as mistle thrush, but it has no spots underneath and doesn't really match. That bird from Thailand is very close, I must say. Tku.
silverscot 6 58 Scotland
29 Aug 2019 12:50PM
It could be a young Blackbird. They start brown then change to black in stages. Have seen young Blackbirds in my garden but not this tear.
29 Aug 2019 1:23PM
Looks like a youngish blackbird to me
Jestertheclown 11 8.0k 252 England
29 Aug 2019 1:37PM
I'd say it's a juvenile blackbird and quite possibly a female.
The colour's right and so's the shape.
It's not a juvenile starling. They're almost all grey and have a different, more upright stance.
SlowSong Plus
11 8.4k 30 England
29 Aug 2019 2:47PM
I did wonder about a blackbird. It's so much bigger than the parents though so I was wondering. It must be a very young one as it's got no speckles and I couldn't find a picture on line that matched it.
Thanks for checking it out everyone. Smile
sherlob Plus
13 3.1k 129 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2019 3:30PM
Looks to me like a lesser spotted thingy-me-jig. A rare sighting that... Wink
29 Aug 2019 4:21PM

Quote:Looks to me like a lesser spotted thingy-me-jig. A rare sighting that... Wink


You just come back from Specsavers, Iím off there next week 😎
justin c 16 5.0k 36 England
29 Aug 2019 4:32PM
My guess would be a female blackbird.
SlowSong Plus
11 8.4k 30 England
29 Aug 2019 9:23PM

Quote:My guess would be a female blackbird.

I think you're right Justin. Some others have thought so too. I just couldn't find any pictures of one at this stage of development. Fingers crossed it is. Love those blackbirds.
justin c 16 5.0k 36 England
29 Aug 2019 9:41PM
It's always a tricky time of year for easily identifying birds as they tend to look a little worse for wear after their breeding season, plus you have the added confusion with a lot of juvenile birds around which can look quite different from the adult birds.
Mike_Smith Plus
12 604 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2019 11:00PM
Got to be a young Blackbird I reckon


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