Posts Tagged ‘Abberant Plumage

25
Nov
14

Third time lucky?

For the second time in as many weeks a bird at Cley has led me astray. The first occasion was when a Heron with white wings and a peach mantle got up and flew directly away from the vehicle. In the brief view suspicions of a Squacco Heron came to mind. A phone call and a text later qualified it had actually been a stained Little Egret. Damn!

Yesterday as we were checking the finch flocks at the eastern end of Blakeney Point a bird among them made my heart miss a beat. The peach and white pretender turned out to be an aberrant Greenfinch. Double Damn!

Greenfinch

 

02
Nov
12

Strange Redwings

As we were looking through the Redwing flocks last week it was apparent that they were making sounds I’ve never heard Redwings make before. Sure they were making the ‘steeep’ and ‘gack’ calls we always here them make but there were some wonderful sounds coming from some individuals that just made me think where the hell are these birds from.

Thrushes are renowned for plumage abnormalities and we saw several. One individual initially seen by Andrew (top photo) must have got his pulse racing. Redwing/Dusky Thrush intergrade perhaps, or just another aberrant Redwing; who knows. Several birds in the flock had abnormalities.

Apologies for the photographs by the way – thrushes are not the most approachable of wildlife and these were taken at great distance in failing light.




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