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Hi all, There's a bird in the tree outside my parents house and it's driving my dad insane! Haha, It's call is made up of loads of different ones and some sound like alarms and usually starts
I've never seen a pink Swan before until this morning. I'll try and upload a pic
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Redstart ID quiz
It’s spring, somewhere in the Mediterranean, and you’re enjoying fine weather and all the benefits that the rush of northward migration brings. At this particular hot-spot ringers are active, and word spreads that one of them has had an interesting catch in the nets. By the time you get there the bird has been processed and is now being displayed in the hand in all its spring male finery to a growing crowd of interested onlookers. It’s a beautiful bird, certainly, but which species? The arresting pattern and palette of colours takes a moment to register, and then the ID process begins.
Once you’ve digested Andy Stoddart’s expert advice in the March ID photo guide to Common and Black Redstarts (buy your March 2014 issue here) and have worked out the answer, let us know the identity of this mystery bird.
The first randomly chosen reader with the correct answer will win a copy of the Advanced Bird ID Handbook by Nils van Duivendijk (New Holland).