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Identification Please

By SlowSong
Hi, a call out to all birders please. What is this bird? I've looked in books and on-line but can't identify it. It looks like a juvenile. It's bigger than a blackbird and just smaller than a ring-necked dove. It's definitely not a pigeon as I get lots of squabs nesting outside my kitchen window, and it looks very different to juvie starlings. I've seen it twice in my garden and it pecks in the grass. Never seen it on a feeder.

Apologies for very bad photo quality, but it was right down the bottom of the garden and very small in frame.
Many thanks in advance.
Smile

Tags: Birds Garden birds Juvenile birds Wildlife and nature

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KarenFB Plus
13 5.3k 174 England
29 Aug 2019 10:33AM
When I 'ticked the boxes' on the RSPB site it came up with "Mistle Thrush". Doesn't really look like one of those to me!! I shall pop back later and see if anyone could help you!! Smile

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cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
29 Aug 2019 10:42AM
A juvenile Turtle dove perhaps?.... just had a look in my book and the pale ring around the eye suggests 'Mistle Thrush' too..

Well captured 😁
SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
29 Aug 2019 10:51AM
Yes, I've just done that and all it came up with was mistle thrush. It doesn't exactly match but I'll keep trying. Thing is, it isn't spotty underneath at all. Tku.
mac Plus
17 1 Scotland
29 Aug 2019 3:27PM
It's a bird!! That sums up my knowledge of different birds, however, from what I do remember a mistle thrush I thought was more speckled. A young one?
Ian
KingBee Plus
13 532 2 Scotland
29 Aug 2019 4:23PM
Definitely a member of the thrush family (which includes thrushes of all types known in the UK, blackies, and the humble robin). It does appear to be a juvenile and I suspect this is just a feather anomaly. It may be that it has still to develop full adult plumage. I've seen a few similar oddities in the garden over the years.
DaveRyder Plus
5 3.4k 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2019 8:50PM
Chris, I'd take a punt at it being a male Blackbird that is starting to develop its colour.
Here's one in our garden a few days ago.

https://www.ephotozine.com/user/daveryder-253884/gallery/photo/young-male-57741864
SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
29 Aug 2019 9:14PM
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Quote:Chris, I'd take a punt at it being a male Blackbird that is starting to develop its colour.
Here's one in our garden a few days ago.

https://www.ephotozine.com/user/daveryder-253884/gallery/photo/young-male-57741864



Yes. I'm more and more thinking it must be a blackbird as I've seen a pair of adults around lately. I hope it is. I haven't seen the blackbirds in my garden for a couple of years so it'll be fab if they've bred and stayed around. One of my fave birds.
Smile
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2019 8:33AM
Not sure of the ID but it;s a good looking subject.
Isabel GrinGrin

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