Just in case you see this Tony, referring to the bad pic I put up 30th December they had a DNA sample analysed on the Siberian Stonechat at Ashton's Flash and confirmed it was .....
Siberian Stonechat, Ashton's Flash, Cheshire - Current 1st-winter male confirmed as maurus from DNA analysis.
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
In reply to Gardenbirder:
Gardenbirder said:How did they get a DNA sample? Did the bird die or did someone find a feather or poo or...?
Not sure Ann but bird still around in same area so it was either from a feather or the droppings.
I know who's back this is - do you, although it's probably not too hard to fathom ?
This LTT just ducked down as I pressed the shutter but nice wings !!
One of these days I will get a diving duck arching over the water with just its beak in the water and not its whole head!
In reply to Nigel O:
Nigel O said:
Still a nice clear photo Nige.
Flickr Peak Rambler
The raised decking is nice to have, but it can be a pain between the back door and the feeders when the robin launches itself vertically for the sunflower hearts!
In reply to HAZY:
Lovely (not so )bad pics of fab wildlife again, Hazel, PimperneBloke and Nigel! Love the capture of that elegantly diving duck (a Pochard, is it?)
And for comparison with your Long-tailed Tit , Hazel , I can offer a shot of our more eastern, white-headed subspecies
In reply to Mart 1:
Can anyone of the rspb community ID this raptor for me (4pics of the same bird ) , in spite of the poor foto-quality?
I thought it was a Northern Goshawk, because I saw these birds in the same area before -as well the tail is quite long and slim on three of the 4 captures (different from Eurasian Buzzard, the other proposed "suspect", which can be found in the same area, too.)
All my best wishes and a good weekend to all at rspb community
We spend 90% of net income on conservation, public education and advocacy
The RSPB is a member of BirdLife International. Find out more about the partnership
© The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no. 207076, Scotland no. SC037654