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Calling any twitchers...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by papercorn2000, 9 Jan 2008.

  1. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    I spent a very pleasant week in the Cairngorms over New Year. In the garden of the house were loads of squirrels (red), a couple of crested tits and loads of other birds. Anyway, I also spotted a strange looking bird in the garden. It was starling sized, black and it had a thin pointy beak which was dark coloured. It also had a woodpecker-like crest.
    I thought "woodpecker" but it doesn't correspond with any woodpeckers in my bird book.
    Can anyone shed any light on what it might be?
     
  2. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    Great spotted woodpecker is the obvious suggestion but woodpeckers don't have crests. Was the impression, black, white and red?
     
  3. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    Crested tits have crests but aren't starling size.
     
  4. OP
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    papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    No, it was all black and too big to have been the crested tit. It was also perched on the ground.
     
  5. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    Hmmm......the nutcracker is a rare winter visitor from Fenno-Scandia, and has a black cap which can look like a crest.
     
  6. OP
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    papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    Is that not brown and white?
     
  7. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    In the field in winter plumage, it looks at a distance like a slightly gray starling, albeit bigger and chunkier. Closer, you can see the white markings. They never look anything like the photos.
     
  8. OP
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    papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    This was only about 3 metres away and definately black.
     
  9. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Maybe a juvenile starling or blackbird on a windy day?
     
  10. i'd say blackbird with a mohawk. think the younger ones have black beaks. could be a starling - especially as it was starling sized.
     
  11. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Try bird identifier on www.surfbirds.com (which unfortunately does not have any tanned Aussie lovelies on it)
    If you cant find identifier on front page, google "bird identifier"
     
  12. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,
    I've just looked through my book and the best I can come up with is either a Nutcracker, or a juvenile male Blackbird. In their first year they are a darkish colour, but not black and have a dark beak.
     
  13. the rspb site has a bird indentifier as well
     
  14. jackdaw?
     
  15. OP
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    papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    Not a starling. Do juvenile blackbirds have dark coloured beaks?