gingerclaire's picture

Seen scuffling around in the snow

Observed: 18th December 2010 By: gingerclaire
IMG00272-20101203-1216
Description:

Bird shaped like a moorhen or coot, but grey in colour and without the distinctive beak colourings of with of those species.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

RoyW's picture

White stripe = Moorhen.

The white stripe (and white undertail patches) on an otherwise very plain grey-brown body shows that this is a Moorhen.

Young Moorhens don't get the distinctive red and yellow beak until they are mature, so individuals in their first winter lack this and have a dark bill.