white breast. and red patch on top of head, of course.
No interactions present.
You can sex them easily enough if they are adult, but if they are a first year bird, not all can be done. Can't tell the age of this one, from the front.
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The sides do seem quite dark and streaked constrasting with the white belly. Shows a full eye ring whereas in Mealy it would probably (although not always) be just below.
With only one shot of course lots of the key features are not shown.
I've looked through all the pictures I took at the time, and this was the only one. I seem to recall it promptly flew off. They're so INCONSIDERATE at times, don't you think?
when the bird identification tool of choice was the shot gun.
I've got a copy of the Hitchin Nuturalist's Club Journals from 1897, and there are several references to people having shot stuff. A corncrake here (none about now), skylarks there... (fortunately more common).
My great grandfather farmed in this area, and I'm told that species shot wasn't an issue. He'd put down breadcrumbs in the farmyard, load his muzzle-loading shotgun with rock salt instead of pellets, and shoot anything that turned up; they all went into the pot.
Lat/Lng: 52.1159966, -0.257848
OS grid ref: TL193478