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Re: ex bird, ceased to be, shuffled off this mortal coil

Postby walk aboot » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:48 am

What makes you say woodcock, Mark? :think:
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Re: ex bird, ceased to be, shuffled off this mortal coil

Postby David.Ferguson » Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:55 pm

I would agree with Mark.The snipe beak looks much longer and the barring/markings are very different to woodcock.

Definitely a woodcock,would have made a nice wee roast with some tatties Caberfeidh.


SNIPE.
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Re: ex bird, ceased to be, shuffled off this mortal coil

Postby Mark Darling » Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:58 pm

Hi

In response to walk aboot's question..... It's a Woodcock because of it's general shape, size, colour and markings. Woodcock is bulkier than a snipe or Jack Snipe (this bird is bulky). Woodcock has a darker belly with barring as Snipe have whiter belly with no barring (this can be seen in David Ferguson's picture above). Woodcock doesn't have a white trailing edge to the secondary feathers as Snipe & Jack Snipe do. The colour of the legs....Snipe has greenish legs, this bird has pinkish legs....like a woodcock. The under wing pattern is that of a Woodcock. There are more subtle differences between Woodcock and Snipe, but I won't bore you with that.

Hope that helps.

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Re: ex bird, ceased to be, shuffled off this mortal coil

Postby Paul Webster » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:09 pm

Well, I think that makes it a woodcock :D


There was a snipe on our front lawn the other day... never seen one in the garden before.
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Re: ex bird, ceased to be, shuffled off this mortal coil

Postby walk aboot » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:06 am

Wow, that is impressive, thanks for that Mark :thumbup:
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Re: ex bird, ceased to be, shuffled off this mortal coil

Postby Caberfeidh » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:47 am

It' still dead...
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Re: ex bird, ceased to be, shuffled off this mortal coil

Postby ALANREIDHILLS » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:44 am

I agree, this is (sorry, was) a woodcock without any doubt. A Jack Snipe is tiny by comparison, smaller than a Snipe too.
The outer wing pattern removes any doubt.
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Re: ex bird, ceased to be, shuffled off this mortal coil

Postby Alastair S » Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:38 pm

This story about dead barn owls on the beeb news site also mentions woodcocks.
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