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Rare one



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:44 pm    Post subject: tail- less  Reply with quote

A tail-less Blackbird has been visiting the garden for the last few days, looks odd but is otherwise healthy . Wonder if it was born like this or if it is the result of an altercation.
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bodger



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sparrow Hawk would be my guess.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think i would name it " Lucky"
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Dave C



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Location: Last seen wondering the Teesdale Fells

PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
Sparrow Hawk would be my guess.


No Rare One is probably Wright, it will be a Blackbird  
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

 
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Gareth



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a 3 year old tailess Magpie that visits our garden every day.

At first we thought that this Magpie had lost its tail to a Cat or a Peregrine. But after seeing this particular bird since just after its first flight and almost everyday since, and because it has gone through 3 moults now I think it is very safe to say that this is an embryo development or birth defect.

The range of this bird is about 1000 metres radius from our house and I have seen it feeding on the meadow next to the river 850 metres in a straight line away on several occasions. It is a regular outside the fast food outlets on the precinct 400 metres away and a couple of times I've seen it flying back from over the wall of the prison 900 metres away. It visits the King William IV pub 765 metres away, and Jak's Diner 1000 metres away: all measured on Google maps using the distance measuring tool.

However, this Magpie flies better, faster and a lot higher, and is more agile than its brothers and sisters and far from being supposedly hindered by the lack of tail this particular bird is flourishing. Last summer we noticed young magpies on the park and in the wood behind our house with shorter tails than normal and these young birds have thrived through this winter.

Although we see this particular Magpie everyday getting a photo has proven to be difficult and shooting a video impossible.


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Dave C



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Location: Last seen wondering the Teesdale Fells

PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a Jackdaw with one leg around our place for a while.

Haven't seen him in a while  
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This morning, our tail-less Magpie along with its mate are busily building a nest in the very large Oak tree 25-30 metres over the fence in Lionwood.


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