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IMG_6112; close up

Observed: 19th February 2012 By: Artemis
IMG_6112; close up
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Description:

Fairly large bird about pigeon size,but different shape.Poor photo taken at distance!Thought it was a Woodpecker,but markings don't fit and beak too short?;noticeable spotted sides, no barring.It didn't move much,and flew off away from me behind the tree.Could it possibly be a Wryneck? I think it's too big.

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Wryneck

General rule is that 'If you can see it, it's not a Wryneck'!

Wryneck, as you say, is smaller and also far more cryptically coloured, with no white undersides. They are incredibly skulking and are also migrants, which would be very unlikely to be seen here at this time of year. In contrast, Fieldfares are common winter visitors.

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the 'Wryneck'

Thanks,I feel foolish! It seems so obvious now that it was a a Fieldfare, but it looked larger than I would have expected. Also have always previously seen Fieldfares in flocks, as you know, with or without Redwings. Have certainly seen Redwing on its own,and had one in our garden in winter last year.

Artemis

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Foolish

Don't worry for a moment!! I could list all sorts of embarrassing misidentifications from when I was learning (Fieldfares and Mistle Thrushes, Knot and Grey Plover...etc). They always seem so obvious when you suddenly realise the truth! It's that single bird, out of context, which can be so tricky, as size is hard to gauge and habitat is of no help.

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