Condensation Conundrums.

How many times have you crept into a hide to find the windows running with condensation? By the time you clear the glass the birds have noticed you and vanished. I've got into the habit of trying to ID the birds before I wipe the glass.!!

Perhaps you could help me out by ID'ing the condensed conundrums for me. Maybe too easy or maybe not, but as always, it's just for fun. Good luck. :-)













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  • Ooh Paul a quiz, it looks like that here at the moment too, so had some practice!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    No 2 Sparrowhawk

    No 4 Seagull

    No 7 Wheatear

    No 8 Redshank

    No 11 Shoveler

    No 12 Woodpigeon

    All total guesses!!

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  • In reply to Noisette:

    These are going to take some working out so will fill in with one or two for now and keep working on them full screen and zoom  lol

    1)  One of the "shanks"  lol  Green ?

    2)  Looks like a predator in stance and in your garden so Sprawk ?

    3)  Water Rail  - I see sticky up tail and don't think it's Moorhen !

    4)  Chunky heavy seabird,   hmmmm    

    5)  Bird on right looks like Woodpigeon, but could equally be a  duck    lol

    6)  should know this with such angled wings  ?

    7)  male Wheatear -   the only one I think I think I know

    8)  another "shank" type bird   lol     not a clue !

    9)  Has a cheek patch like a long-tailed duck and I remember you seeing one   lol

    10) bird landing like a Puffin but not a clue  

    11) Got colours like a Shoveler

    12) Not the foggiest !   greyish bird on fence post ... hmmm ??

    I'll keep working on them


    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to HAZY:

    1.Ruff ?

    2. Sprawk ?

    3. Duck ?

    4. Fulmar ?

    5. Wood pigeons ?

    6. GBBG ?

    7. Wheatear

    8. Wader ?

    9. LBBG ?

    10. Not a bird?

    11.Mallard ?

    12. Sprawk ?

    All guesses except the Wheatear!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    1 curlew

    2 sprawk

    3 water rail

    4 herring gull

    5 wood pigeons

    6 fulmar

    7 wheatear

    8 redshank

    9 LTD

    10 puffin

    11 shoveler

    12 cuckoo

  • In reply to Noisette:

    You do come up with some innovative quizzes, Paul. Just the thing for a cold day where it's snowing gently

    My guesses - some of them pretty wild

    1. Greenshank
    2. Sparrowhawk
    3. Water Rail
    4. Herring Gull? maybe immature
    5. Wood Pigeon and unknown friend
    6. Gull maybe LBBG
    7. Wheatear
    8. Redshank?
    9. Long-tailed Duck
    10. One of the auks? - Razorbill/Guillemot/Puffin
    11. Shoveler
    12. It's got the look of a Cuckoo 



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  • In reply to TeeJay:

    Many thanks for the help with the ID’s folks with plenty good guesses from everyone, but some still remain completely condensated with additional rubbing of the glass needed to positively ID them.!!

    I’ll leave it a bit yet to see if anyone else feels like giving it a bash, but if not, a few clues could possibly be added. Thanks for being good sports and joining in the fun. :-)

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  • In reply to Paul A:

    Doh. Just looking on iPad and I would like to change my fulmar guess to gannet please!

    Re my curlew guess, i think that might also be wrong....and puffin.

  • In reply to Robbo:

    Sprawk for "2"  

    Redshank  for  "8"

    Wheatear  for  "7"

    guesses for the rest, so look forward to clues!!!!

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    I really REALLY hate that when you expand a picture for a better look you lose the half finished reply!!!

    Anyway, don't have much to add as all my guesses correspond to the answers of others.

    1 Greenshank (just cos it's pale!)

    2 Sparrowhawk

    3 Water Rail

    4 Immature gull. I thought Herring, but is the bill too chunky and maybe GBBG?

    5 Are there 2? Originally thought lapwing for one but it's way too small if the other's a Woodpigeon

    6 Not even 100% sure which way up it is! Can only assume a L or GBBG.

    7 Wheatear

    8 Can't see enough red for a redshank but can't think of anything else.

    9 Long-tailed duck

    10 No idea whether auk or duck, especially without looking up underwing patterns!!!

    11 Shoveler

    12 Cuckoo

    I don't think you could say too easy (which might say as much for my ability or lack of), but thanks for the effort of putting it together


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