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Old 5th March 2012, 10:17 PM   #1
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Question What's my bird?

I have a bird that I can't identify coming to my garden feeders here in the Cotswolds. It is completely grey/brown and the size of a sparrow. The underside is a small bit lighter than its back and the only other marking is a russett coloured cap. It has a thin pointed beak and an arrow shaped tail cuttout. My bird books do not have a matching picture or description.
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Old 6th March 2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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Your bird may be a female Blackcap ruthie....
Males have a black cap, female brown.
They are still regarded as a good little bird to have in your garden.........nice one.
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Old 6th March 2012, 10:39 AM   #3
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Thank you Penna. The picture looks just like the bird I have been seeing. I have a hanger with fatballs just outside my kitchen window and I often see it clinging on and pecking away with obvious enjoyment. Ruth
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Nice Ruth, Blackcaps love the fatballs, keep a look out for the male, they are usually seen together at this time of year............
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I have recently been on holiday near Aberdeen and we were about 30 minutes outside of it. It was quite remote with dear etc. There were lots ofbirds that called through the night and at dusk and they sounded like an american police siren. What could this be?
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Old 9th April 2012, 08:01 PM   #6
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Your bird may be a female Blackcap ruthie....
Males have a black cap, female brown.
They are still regarded as a good little bird to have in your garden.........nice one.
Nice photo Penna

Love Blackcaps. We has one calling in my garden a couple of days ago and it was a great call to hear it at this time of year - spring is here

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I have recently been on holiday near Aberdeen and we were about 30 minutes outside of it. It was quite remote with dear etc. There were lots ofbirds that called through the night and at dusk and they sounded like an american police siren. What could this be?
Lots of birds migrate to Britain at this time Kitty, and thousands do so every night, so your birds could well be almost anything, I would guess that they may be water birds or waders as these tend to come south for the summer. I will try and find out which birds sound like a siren, I know in the States Blackbirds do.
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Lots of birds migrate to Britain at this time Kitty, and thousands do so every night, so your birds could well be almost anything, I would guess that they may be water birds or waders as these tend to come south for the summer. I will try and find out which birds sound like a siren, I know in the States Blackbirds do.
I find that birds species can sound a little different in each country, Penna

For example, in Spain Greenfinches have a more persistent high pitched wheeze than they do in the UK.

Kitty: I have heard Starlings impersonating Oyster Catches in Hunstanton in the Norfolk area of the UK, and Starlings impersonating Buzzards calling where i stay now, so it might be a species of bird mimicking another species of bird.

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I did think possibly something mimicking but then questioned if so many would mimic the same thing. You state starlings (plural) though Kathy so perhaps, perhaps! Thanks all for looking into it. I do also have another question if I may. I have noticed 2 very distint shapes of robin this year. One the usual squatty kind of character on Christmas cards but another very slender robin who stands tall and elegant, really lngthening the body (even on cold days) and it is very red breast. I thought perhaps it might have been a winter visitor as I haven't seem any for a while? Would this be right and if so from where? Thanks xx
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Penna- I never thought about a wader!Hmm I will have a scoosh through the RSPB site and listen. Thanks - hope you are well x
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