Thursday, 22 December 2011

Heads and tails

Here is another go at a little `quiz`. I think that I have made it slightly easier than the last one, but then again, when you know the answers it is easy!

Below are 5 photos of different birds, some of their tails and some of their heads or part of their head! Can you  guess what species they are?

As I have said, I think this is a bit easier, but I will give some clues.

One of these birds feeds as its name suggests and is also known as a Sea Dotterel. Another has an alternative name in Scotland of a Heather Bleater. The third is known as a Reed Sparrow. The fourth is one of my favourite little migrants and is becoming a pretty rare sight nowadays, you have to go to church to see one!? The final one is a very brightly coloured bird that is also a migrant and has an alternative of Barley Bird.

All of these birds are seen in the U.K. and have appeared in my blog. I will put the answers up after Christmas.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year and to thank you all for your continued support for my humble little blog!


  1. Dear John,
    I will wait till you solve this riddle - the last one I think is a green finch, but maybe not --
    I want to thank you for your interesting posts and your beautiful, beautiful photographs, which I admire very much.
    A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!

  2. I have a hard enough time recognising birds when I can see all of them. lol

    Would there be a Redwing and a Greenfinch in there somewhere?

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  3. Merry Christmas John,look forward to seeing more outstanding Digiscoping from you in 2012.

  4. 1. Blackbird..... cant picture anything else
    2. Snipe
    3. Reed Bunting
    4. Spotted Flycatcher
    5. Chaffinch

  5. Well, I look forward to reading your answers. There are a couple that I feel I ought to know (even though I have the excuse that they're British birds), but not a one can I name!

    May your New Year be bright!

  6. I see the Snipe, Reed Bunting, and Chaffinch.

  7. Hi Britta,
    Thank you for those kind words! I will be revealing the answers very soon.
    Hoping you have a good New Year and Happy Birthday for today!

  8. Hi John,
    I know what you mean! The answers are coming soon!

  9. Thanks John,
    I am hoping my digiscoping improves somewhat in 2012!

  10. Hi Dave,
    You have 3 right there, but which three?!

  11. Hi Susan,
    I wouldn`t be able to I.D. the American birds on your blog without your help!
    Happy New Year to you too!

  12. Hi Andrew,
    You have two right there!


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