A great 'May Day' at Fowlmere yesterday:
"Seeing Double" - Greylag coming in to land
The little Grebe feeding its chick:
My first ever Marsh Harrier:
I think this is a female Reed Bunting? (Please correct if I am wrong):
Excellent shots Louise, I like the formation greylags!
In reply to Mark Brandon:
Thanks, Mark.The name is 'Louis' but for years people confuse it with 'Louise' (hehe). Do you think I am right about the female reed bunting?
In reply to LouisBerk:
It looks like a dunnock Louis, but you can see reed buntings at Fowlmere, although they have a much darker and stronger face marking(even the females)
Hmmm. I think you are right. I find the Dunnock too often looks close to other birds.
100% a Dunnock, First key point is the bill or beak, The reed bunting has more of a chunky beak where as the Dunnock is a small fine one. Summer females have a dark crown and cheeks, with a distinct dark moustachical stripe which reaches up to the beak. The collar is buff or grey and not white. Winter females appear duller and browner headed.
In reply to Phil c:
Phil C, many thanks and for the tips about what to look for when I return.
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