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By Scottishlandscapes  
...interesting thing this morning, after some heavy rain this bird arrived in the tree opposite my window in the West End of Glasgow, then after a while another and another, the first bird looked drookit wet and was preening itself, after a while one of the older birds I think tried to get it to fly off and follow, then both of the other birds tried and eventually they all vanished and the local birds started to sing again.

I'm guessing they might be Sparrow Hawks??? Help please all you bird photographers, please ignore the lack of quality, I was shooting through glass with an extender on my 70-300mmat the long end.

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NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
27 Aug 2012 11:12AM
I'm not 100% sure but it looks like a juvenile Mistle thrush.........or a Song thrush........TongueTongue

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27 Aug 2012 11:20AM
Certainly loos like a Mistle Thrush when I searched for it. Many thanks, three confirms what you say.

woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 11:27AM
Drookit wet - what a lovely expression!
It's bigger than a spuggie (a Geordie sparrow) and smaller than a Golden Eagle; not a seagull, not a parrot.
That's about my limit, I'm afraid.
But I'll point a camera at anything too - glad you are of the same inclination Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1928 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 11:28AM
I can see why V1 might give you the sparrow hawk idea. V3 is the give-away! That's a mistle thrush , I'm pretty sure.
27 Aug 2012 11:32AM
Yes you are of course all correct even Bill with his delightful comment.
I think the Hawk has a line above it's eyes.

Anyway my Uncle would have ridiculed me for that one had he still been alive. Tongue

My *long" lens is only long in landscape terms even with the 1.4 attached. I was chary of opening the window and frightening the damned bird away.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
27 Aug 2012 11:59AM
Bill's expansive knowledge of ornithology far exceeds my own, Dougie.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
27 Aug 2012 12:54PM
Probably a Mistle Thrush Dougie but I do think V2 is your best image. Results through glass are not the best as I have experienced recently.However I was always told a bad picture is better than no picture at all at least they can usually serve for identification purposes. You will just have to build a hide in the garden Bill and wait for any bird who will come and pose for you.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 1:22PM
I think the verdict has been passed on this image, so I shall conclude by saying "three rather nice images Dougie", depicting this rather charming 'Mistle Thrush' Version III reminds me somewhat of a Meerkat...

Regards Nathan
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
27 Aug 2012 4:02PM
Ya got it !! Dougie, thats what matters. Love your expressions, we have a term here in London f......soaked !!Wink
Yep means the same Ron.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 4:58PM
Definitely a thrush Dougie - tho' I wouldn't be able to say whether it was mistle or song - but he's a beauty.
9 10 10 England
27 Aug 2012 5:20PM
V2 is really good - a thrush yes - but which kind??
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 5:28PM
V2 is my favourite... had a sparrow hawk in the back yard and it had a different shaped body to my old eyes...
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2012 8:29PM
I am pretty certain it's not a sparrow hawk Dougie but a most interesting story to accompany your photo and well grabbed shot
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2012 9:28AM
Got myself drookit wet this morning. It is heavily raining and tonight is an open-air Runrig concert for which I have tickets. Hit my new little red car against the garage this morning, got wet, wet, wet while out for shoppings, feel a scratch in the throat since yesterday, headaches and a very bad mood.... not my day.... think I let Runrig be Runrig and hide in my bed tonight. Brother not well, daily trips are tiring... No, definitely not my day.

You seem to have still very good eyesight - well seen these little birdies.

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