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Old 09.06.2008, 10:48
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Arntchoo supposed to rest your eyes, Colonel? Take care and get well soon, bird-watching or not.


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Red Kites indeed. I should have got an awesome shot of one yesterday but the damn' camera wouldn't focus. One day the long strap it has will come in handy as it enable me to build up more momentum on it when I go to sling it in a lake.
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Saw a Red-footed Falcon yesterday. They're usually quite rare here, but there's been a massive influx into western Europe this year.
Very pleased.
As I have a mild case of infectious conjunctivitis, I can't go into work, so I'm off to bird watch for the day.
Yay to illness!
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Old 09.06.2008, 23:51
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Re: Bird watching

Thanks!
They're sore as anything, but it was a very good day out. Saw three new birds (Squacco Heron, Greenshank and Great Reed Warbler), two I hadn't seen this year (Turtle Dove and Corn Bunting) and a lot of other nice stuff. One of the best things wasn't even a bird, but a family of Pine Martens, a mother and two cubs, bounding across a farm track and into a nature reserve.
I was looking out of a hide and I noticed two rather agitated Spotted Flycatchers nearby. After a minute, I looked round and above my head was a nest. In fact, there were three nests - two Spotted Flycatchers' and a White Wagtail's. There were also many Yellow-legged Gull chicks about, so good if you're into cooing at baby things.
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Do you watch Springwatch on BBC somthing? I saw it for the first time last night. Belting stuff, although some sort of furry thing got a baby bird it seems, Bill Oddie took it well although not as stoically as his female side kick. Still, circle of life and all that.
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A few nice birds on a trip to Schynige Platte today: Spotted Nutcracker, Citril Finch, Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush and one I'd never seen before - a Goshawk.
And almost stepped on a marmot that hadn't seen me. Much bigger up close than they appear through a scope...

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Colonel, can pigeons crossbreed with ducks?
Or maybe a gull with a duck?

Yesterday, I saw a smallish duck-like bird swimming with the mallards on Zugersee at Cham. Its beak is not like a duck's, more like a pigeon's. Whitish chest, rest was mottled grey/brown and bit of blue/green feathers at the tail. Two-thirds of a mallard in length. Never seen this 'species' before. (Certainly not a Common Pochard.) Sorry, didn't have the camera.
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Old 18.08.2008, 22:12
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Colonel, can pigeons crossbreed with ducks?
Or maybe a gull with a duck?

Yesterday, I saw a smallish duck-like bird swimming with the mallards on Zugersee at Cham. Its beak is not like a duck's, more like a pigeon's. Whitish chest, rest was mottled grey/brown and bit of blue/green feathers at the tail. Two-thirds of a mallard in length. Never seen this 'species' before. (Certainly not a Common Pochard.) Sorry, didn't have the camera.
Not one of these fellas?



Juvenile Coot.

As for cross-breeds, they generally have to be very closely related in order to hybridise. Pigeons are in a bit of distant group from ducks, as are gulls.
Although saying that, a Mallard will try and nail almost anything:

Dodgy Mallard sexual practices
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Juvenile Coot.

As for cross-breeds, they generally have to be very closely related in order to hybridise. Pigeons are in a bit of distant group from ducks, as are gulls.
Although saying that, a Mallard will try and nail almost anything:

Dodgy Mallard sexual practices

No, I've seen juvenile coots. The little sharp-billed duck looks like an adult with a short body. Bright eyes (can't remember the colour though).


P.S. Ah, mallards. They must love salsa, too.
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Old 19.08.2008, 11:12
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Re: Bird watching

There used to be a lovely little duck on Zurisee that had a ginger head and a crest that spikey tuft on the top of his head that would stand up occasionally. I really enjoyed feeding these pretty birds but I cannot tell if the bevy of swans that amass around the feeding spots are too aggressive and frightened all but the hardest of smaller birds away, or if these little cuties migrate and are due back any time soon?

Anyone any idea?

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Re: Bird watching

We saw a bird go under the water and resurface about 15 metres away. I was astonished and my daughter very concerned that it had drowned. That was on the Zugersee yesterday. All very strange.
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Old 19.08.2008, 13:39
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Re: Bird watching

Perhaps one of these then? (Goes for all three of you ^)

http://www.tonykeenebirds.co.uk/bbirds/gcgrebe.html

They go in for diving a lot and will often swim for a long way underwater. Winter birds and juveniles also lack the crests.
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Yes, that looks about right. Imagine being one of the '46 breeding pairs left'. No pressure to reproduce then
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There are very many Great Crested Grebes at the wilder end of the Cham lake park. (The pic of the juvenile on the back of the male is really magnificent, Colonel.)

But the unique little duck I saw was not one of them.


Galatea, did you mean one of these?

http://www.tonykeenebirds.co.uk/sbir...edpochard.html

http://www.tonykeenebirds.co.uk/sbirds/pochard.html


In winter and/or spring, there's quite a big flock of Common Pochards in Cham (which is now gone) but now there is this one female who has chosen to stay behind by her very self. Is this usual, Colonel?
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Old 19.08.2008, 15:56
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There are very many Great Crested Grebes at the wilder end of the Cham lake park. (The pic of the juvenile on the back of the male is really magnificent, Colonel.)

But the unique little duck I saw was not one of them.


Galatea, did you mean one of these?

http://www.tonykeenebirds.co.uk/sbir...edpochard.html

http://www.tonykeenebirds.co.uk/sbirds/pochard.html


In winter and/or spring, there's quite a big flock of Common Pochards in Cham (which is now gone) but now there is this one female who has chosen to stay behind by her very self. Is this usual, Colonel?
You do get the odd few who stay behind - saw a couple at Fanel over the summer.
Any chance your bird was a Little Grebe?
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You do get the odd few who stay behind - saw a couple at Fanel over the summer.
Any chance your bird was a Little Grebe?
Not a Little Grebe, none of that rusty brown and downy feathers. Rather ducklike but with a small sharpish beak.


Today I saw another unique one (on land with the mallards on account of choppy waves on the lake) -- with a grey-bluish duck bill and two bright red dots at the side of its 'nose'. Body is mottled brown/grey with a bit of white on the chest. Maybe you'll hafta come to the Cham lake park for a day or two of observation, Colonel. ;-)

Moreover, six cygnets were on the grass with their mom, sitting flopped down and pecking in the grass. Very charming.

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Re: Bird watching

Try this in winter, more luck then.
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Old 21.08.2008, 13:54
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Not a Little Grebe, none of that rusty brown and downy feathers. Rather ducklike but with a small sharpish beak.


Today I saw another unique one (on land with the mallards on account of choppy waves on the lake) -- with a grey-bluish duck bill and two bright red dots at the side of its 'nose'. Body is mottled brown/grey with a bit of white on the chest. Maybe you'll hafta come to the Cham lake park for a day or two of observation, Colonel. ;-)

Moreover, six cygnets were on the grass with their mom, sitting flopped down and pecking in the grass. Very charming.
Ahhh, I think i get it now. I guess there's a few odd-looking bords at the park, no? Possibly part of a collection or something. The second duck you mention sounds like a Bahama Pintail

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-cheeked_Pintail

There's also a very light version of this duck called a Silver Pintail, but it's the same species.
Really not sure about the other thing, though.
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Re: Bird watching

Hi, Sorry for the tardiness of the reply, only I've been on a bit of a mission to obtain a photo I remembered my son took last year! Luckily, he found it on an old CD!! Yee ha for organisation!

P.S. I know it's not the big white ones!!
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Hi, Sorry for the tardiness of the reply, only I've been on a bit of a mission to obtain a photo I remembered my son took last year! Luckily, he found it on an old CD!! Yee ha for organisation!

P.S. I know it's not the big white ones!!

The fellows at the front are male Red-crested Pochards:


http://www.tonykeenebirds.co.uk/sbir...edpochard.html

(or Kolbenente for those of us this side of the Rostigraben and Nette rousse for those on the other side).
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Re: Bird watching

Hi, everybody,

please, could you advise me on how to start with bird watching in Zurich. I live in Örlikon. There is sooo much information that I do not know where to start. I would like to join a english-friendly birdwatching group of people, where I can learn by doing.

Thank you!!

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