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More birds help please
by rockhopper » Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:21 pm
Also, while I'm at it, d'you think this is a golden eagle ? Thanks in advance, RH
by KatTai » Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:29 pm
by KatTai » Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:34 pm
by CharlesT » Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:07 pm
by jmarkb » Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:30 am
KatTai wrote:Your mystery garden visitor looks like a leucistic dunnock
That was my thought too - the shape and pattern of grey around the head look right for a dunnock. Colour aberration in birds is quite complex it appears, with a range of related conditions - see http://www.vogelringschier.nl/DB28%282%2979-89_2006.pdf - but leucism is commonly used as the general catchall term for anything short of full albino!
by CharlesT » Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:22 am
by rockhopper » Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:04 pm
We had come across a Dunnock when we were searching originally but sort of ruled it out as the pictures we had all seemed to have darker colourings but it does look to be a Dunnock. The different varieties we get are gradually increasing - we had a Fieldfare and some different finches last year but no sightings of them yet so far this year.