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Guess the birds

Martin Hughes-Games Martin Hughes-Games | 17:06 UK time, Monday, 9 November 2009

Identifying birds is a real skill. Usually the challenge is in recognising something you see only fleetingly. We're giving you as long as you like to tell us what these birds are but we've tried not to make it too easy.

So guess what species these images show...

1. On the wing
On the wing
2. Bedraggled
bedraggled
3. Camera shy
Camera shy
4. Red closeup
red closeup
5. Scuffles
Scuffles
6. Boggled eyed
boggle eyed
7. Topsy turvy
topsy turvy
8. Feeding sideways
feeding sideways
9. Setting off
setting off
10. At sunrise
at sunrise
11. A beady eye
eye closeup
12. Feet and feathers
feet and feathers
13. Sharp
sharp

Check out the "Guess the birds" answers here.

Comments

  • 1. At 2:19pm on 09 Nov 2009, armadilloslim wrote:

    1. barn owl
    2. kestral
    3. bearded tit
    4. pheasent/black grouse
    5. long tailed tit
    6. gannet?
    7. fulmar?
    8. chaffinch
    9. reed warbler
    10. great crested grebe
    11. manx sheerwater?
    12. oystercatcher
    13. king fisher

    hope thats right anyway

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  • 2. At 2:39pm on 09 Nov 2009, missdolittle wrote:

    1. barn owl
    2. kestrel
    3. bearded tit
    4. male pheasant
    5. long-tailed tits
    6. heron
    7. young great black-backed gull?
    8. chaffinch
    9. reed warbler
    10. grebe
    11. dunnock
    12. oystercatcher
    13. kingfisher

    hope it's right!

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  • 3. At 5:01pm on 09 Nov 2009, Harris Hawk wrote:

    1. Barn Owl
    2. kestrel
    3. bearded tit
    4. male pheasant
    5. long-tailed tit
    6. heron
    7. gull
    8. chaffinch
    9. reed warbler
    10. great crested grebe
    11. dunnock
    12. turnstone
    13. kingfisher

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  • 4. At 5:04pm on 09 Nov 2009, Erik Paterson wrote:

    1.Barn Owl
    2.Kestrel
    3.Bearded Tit
    4.Pheasant (male)
    5.Long Tailled Tit
    6.Grey Heron
    7.Juvenile Gull
    8.Chaffinch
    9.Reed Warbler
    10.Great Crested Grebe
    11.Dunnock
    12.Ringer Plover
    13. Kingfisher
    my guess.

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  • 5. At 5:07pm on 09 Nov 2009, AdamLCanning wrote:

    1. barn owl
    2. kestral
    3. bearded tit

    5. long-tailed tits

    7. fulmar

    8. chaffinch
    9. reed warbler
    10. great crested grebe
    11. Dunnock
    12. Plover
    13. king fisher

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  • 6. At 5:23pm on 09 Nov 2009, Gaina wrote:

    1 - Barn Owl
    2 - Kestrel
    3 - Bearded Tit
    4 - Male Pheasant
    5 Long-tailed Tits
    6 - Grey Heron
    7 - Juvenile Herring Gull
    8 - Male Chaffinch
    9 - Reed Warbler
    10 - Crested Grebe
    11 - Dunnock
    12 Ringed Plover
    13 Female Kingfisher

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  • 7. At 5:28pm on 09 Nov 2009, lullieowl wrote:

    1, Barn Owl
    2, Kestrel
    3, Bearded Tit
    4, Cock Pheasant
    5, Long Tailed Tit
    6, Grey Heron
    7, Fulmar
    8, Chaffinch
    9, Reed Warbler
    10, Great Crested Grebe
    11, Dunnock
    12, Turnstone
    13, Kingfisher

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  • 8. At 5:52pm on 09 Nov 2009, James Hume wrote:

    1. Barn Owl
    2. Kestrel
    3. Bearded Tit
    4. Pheasant
    5. Long-tailed Tits
    6. Grey Heron
    7. Herring Gull
    8. Chaffinch
    9. Wren
    10. Great-crested Grebe
    11. Dunnock/Hedge Sparrow
    12. Turnstone
    13. Kingfisher

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  • 9. At 6:35pm on 09 Nov 2009, SpottedFly wrote:

    1) Barn Owl
    2) Kestrel
    3) Bearded Reedling
    4) Pheasant
    5) Long-tailed Tit
    6) Grey Heron
    7) Herring Gull
    8) Chaffinch
    9) Sedge Warbler
    10) Great-crested Grebe
    11) Dunnock
    12) Turnstone
    13) Kingfisher

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  • 10. At 6:59pm on 09 Nov 2009, Nicola Main wrote:

    1. Barn Owl
    2. Kestrel
    3. Bearded Tit
    4. Pheasant
    5. Long-tailed Tit
    6. Grey Heron
    7. Herring Gull
    8. Chaffinch
    9. Wren
    10. Great Crested Grebe
    11. Dunnock
    12. Turnstone
    13. Kingfisher

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  • 11. At 8:28pm on 09 Nov 2009, errandir wrote:

    1. Barn Owl
    2. Kestrel
    3. Bearded Tit
    4. Pheasant
    5. Long-tailed Tit
    6. Grey Heron
    7. Herring Gull
    8. Chaffinch
    9. Reed Warbler
    10. Great Crested Grebe
    11. Dunnock
    12. Turnstone
    13. Kingfisher

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  • 12. At 10:16pm on 09 Nov 2009, karen crook wrote:

    1. Barn owl

    2. Kestrel

    3. Bearded tit

    4. Capercaillie

    5. Long tailed tit

    6. Bustard

    7. Gannet

    8. Chaffinch

    9. Reed warbler

    10. Great crested grebe

    11. Wren

    12. Turnstone

    13. Kingfisher

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  • 13. At 10:22pm on 09 Nov 2009, Rory Brett wrote:

    1. Barn Owl
    2. Kestrel
    3. Bearded Tit
    4. Pheasant
    5. Long-Tailed Tit
    6. Stone Curlew
    7. Herring Gull
    8. Cirl Bunting
    9. Wren
    10. Great Crested Grebe
    11. Dunnock
    12. Turnstone
    13. Kingfisher.

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  • 14. At 12:06pm on 10 Nov 2009, lalows wrote:

    1.barn owl
    2.kestrel
    3.bearded tit
    4.pheasant
    5.long tailed tit
    6.heron
    7.herring gull
    8.chaffinch
    9.wren
    10.great crested grebe
    11.dunnock
    12.turnstone
    13.kingfisher

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  • 15. At 1:06pm on 10 Nov 2009, unarmadillo wrote:

    nice one martin,
    here are my guesses!
    i like these tests,keep them coming!

    1:barn owl
    2:kestrel
    3:bearded tit
    4:pheasant
    5:long-tailed tits
    6:heron
    7:herring gull
    8:chaffinch
    9:wren
    10:great-crested grebe
    11:dunnock
    12:turnstone
    13:kingfisher

    the eye quiz was great too,got the mouse and toad wrong!! think i've got 11 right,other 2??

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  • 16. At 1:13pm on 10 Nov 2009, hypertrashie wrote:

    1) Little Owl
    2) Merlin
    3) Bearded tit
    4) Pheasant
    5) Long-tailed tits
    6) juvenile Grey Heron
    7) juvenile Great Black-backed gull
    8) Chaffinch
    9) Wren
    10) Red-necked Grebe
    11) juvenile Blackbird
    12) Turnstone
    13) Kingfisher

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  • 17. At 6:00pm on 10 Nov 2009, Rory Brett wrote:

    Barn Owl
    Kestrel
    Bearded Tit
    Pheasant
    long tailed tits
    juv. Grey heron
    juv. Herring gull
    yellowhammer
    wren
    great crested grebe
    dunnock
    turnstone
    kingfisher

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  • 18. At 6:32pm on 10 Nov 2009, hadden turner wrote:

    1 barn owl
    2 kestrel
    3 bearded tit
    4 male pheasant
    5 long tailed tits
    6 Grey heron
    7 great black backed gull
    8 chaffinch
    9 sedge warbler
    10 great crested grebe
    11 dunnock
    12 turnstone
    13 female kingfisher

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  • 19. At 10:46am on 11 Nov 2009, alec wrote:

    1. barn owl
    2. kestrel
    3. bearded tit
    4. pheasant
    5. long-talied tit
    6. juvenile grey heron
    7. fulmar
    8. male chaffinch
    9. reed warbler
    10. great crested grebe
    11. dunnock
    12. turnstone (winter)
    13. kingfisher

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  • 20. At 11:42am on 11 Nov 2009, hampshirelinda wrote:

    1. Barn owl
    2. Kestrel
    3. Bearded tit
    4. Pheasant
    5. Long tailed tit
    6. Heron
    7. Fulmar
    8. Chaffinch
    9. Sedge warbler
    10. Great crested grebe
    11. Goldcrest
    12. Turnstone
    13. kingfisher

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  • 21. At 12:26pm on 11 Nov 2009, Phoebe wrote:

    1. Barn Owl
    2. Kestrel
    3. Bearded Tit
    4. Cock Pheasant
    5. Long-tailed Tits
    6. Heron ??
    7. Ring-billed gull?
    8. Greenfinch
    9. Reed Warbler?
    10. Crested Grebe
    11. Dunnock
    12. Turnstone?
    13. Kingfisher

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  • 22. At 5:46pm on 11 Nov 2009, Evielane wrote:

    1. Barn Owl
    2. Kestrel
    3. Bearded Tit
    4. Male Pheasant
    5. Long Tailed Tits
    6. Heron?
    7. Some kind of Gull? Not good on sea birds
    8. Chaffinch
    9. Reed Warbler
    10. Great Crested Grebe
    11. Dunnock?
    12. Turnstone
    13. Kingfisher

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  • 23. At 6:15pm on 11 Nov 2009, Enviro_concerned wrote:

    1. Barn Owl
    2. Kestrel
    3. Bearded Tit
    4. Male Pheasant
    5. Long-tailed tit
    6. Grey Heron
    7. juvenile Black-backed gull?
    8. Chaffinch
    9. Reed warbler?
    10. Great-crested Grebe
    11. Dunnock
    12. Turnstone
    13. Kingfisher
    I know most are right, but not all?

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  • 24. At 9:26pm on 11 Nov 2009, Lyn Bubb wrote:

    1. Barn Owl
    2. Kestral (male)
    3. Bearded Tit
    4. Pheasant
    5. Longtailed Tit
    6. Bustard
    7. Gannet
    8. Chaffinch
    9. Reed Warbler
    10. Grebe
    11. Dunlin
    12. Junvenile Turnstone
    13. Kingfisher (female?)

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  • 25. At 9:53pm on 11 Nov 2009, Phoebe wrote:

    1. Barn Owl
    2. Kestrel
    3. Bearded Tit
    4. Cock Pheasant
    5. Long-tailed Tits
    6. Heron ??
    7. Ring-billed gull?
    8. Chaffinch
    9. Reed Warbler?
    10. Great Crested Grebe
    11. Dunnock
    12. Turnstone?
    13. Kingfisher

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  • 26. At 10:46pm on 11 Nov 2009, 122abcdefghi wrote:

    Here's the tales of Tommy N.(T.N.), a colourful, friendly puffin
    (as shown by the photo's taken at the time of this birdie's antics).
    1. T.N. gets blown off-course into an electrical storm and finds himself all fluffed up...
    2. T.N. is repeatedly quizzed over the mysterious disappearance of all of the chocolate spread. His eyes pleads his innocence. He doesn't know anything about the Nik-Naks nither...
    3. T.N. despairs at ever having tried fake tan in the first place...
    4. T.N. goes incognito...
    5. T.N.'s boisterous fancy dress party goes with a swing - all the revellers go nuts...
    6. It slowly dawns upon T.N. that the short-sighted ranger is maybe mistaking him for a "grey". All remaining colour drains from his face...
    7. T.N. as he realises that he doesn't actually suit bleached blonde after all...
    8. A printout of T.N.- one where someone forgot to change the almost empty coloured ink cartridge for the printer...
    9. An embarrassed T.N. attempts to hide in the distance behind a brown envelope and a paper fan...
    10. T.N.'s eyes were bigger than his stomach.
    He'd attempted, but failed, to eat "C."...
    11. A close-up of T.N.'s chum...
    12. ...and one where the penny drops that, unlike squirrels, T.N.'s RED(&black&white) cousin is actually BIGGER than he is...
    13. T.N. imitates a razor-clam to impress the birds (or maybe he is just hiding from his bigger cousin)...

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  • 27. At 07:34am on 12 Nov 2009, John McKinnie wrote:

    Here's a challenge for you... do you know why this duck has it's elaborate headgear? See the pictures below. Thanks, John

    http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/Q1yHHIzY2oiBmYk5qpkgDQ?feat=directlink

    http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/AglrbU9wuSZq0rjqZq2M7Q?feat=directlink

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  • 28. At 1:08pm on 12 Nov 2009, mark50d wrote:

    John, try this link for further info. There was a similar Drake at Stithians Reservoir early this year. -mark

    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/Ducks/Crest/BRKCrestedDucks.html

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  • 29. At 2:36pm on 12 Nov 2009, jammyfox wrote:

    1. Barn owl
    2. kestrel
    3. bearded tit (Male)
    4. pheasant (Male)
    5. Long Tailed Tits
    6. Grey Heron
    7. Juvenile Herring Gull (Second Winter Plumage)
    8. Male Chaffinches
    9. Wren
    10. Great Crested Grebe
    11. Dunnock
    12. Turnstone
    13. Kingfisher

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  • 30. At 2:45pm on 12 Nov 2009, jammyfox wrote:

    Actually, maybe number 7 is a juvenile great black backed gull. I'm confused now!!!!!

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  • 31. At 1:02pm on 13 Nov 2009, fluffy_duckling wrote:


    1 Barn Owl
    2. Kestrel
    3. Bearded Tit
    4. Pheasant
    5.Long tailed tit
    6. Heron
    7. Glaucous Gull?
    8. Chaffinch
    9. Reed Warbler?
    10. Great Crested Grebe
    11. Dunnock?
    12. Ringed Plover
    13. Kingfisher

    interested to know how many i have got right!

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  • 32. At 4:33pm on 13 Nov 2009, Redsquirrel92 wrote:

    1. Barn owl
    2. Juvenile kestrel
    3. Bearded tit
    4. Black grouse
    5. Cold tit
    6. Juvenile crane
    7. Fulmar
    8. Female Chaffinch
    9. Reed Warbler
    10. Great crested grebe (Winter)
    11. Thrush
    12. Common gull (First winter)
    13. Kingfisher

    ??????????????????????? :-)

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  • 33. At 8:27pm on 13 Nov 2009, Chris wrote:

    1. Barn Owl
    2. Kestrel
    3. Bearded Tit
    4. Male Pheasant
    5. Long Tailed Tits
    6. Crane
    7. Young Herring Gull
    8. Chaffinch
    9. Reed Warbler
    10.Great Crested Grebe
    11.Wren
    12.Turnstone
    13.Kingfisher

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  • 34. At 01:40am on 14 Nov 2009, zod wrote:


    1.short eared owl.
    2. male kestrel.
    3.bearded tit.
    4.pheasant.
    5.long tailed tit.
    6.grey heron.
    7.juv herring gull.
    8.chaffinch.
    9.warbler (reed).
    10.gt crested grebe.
    11.dunnock.
    12.turnstone
    13.kingfisher (male)

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  • 35. At 10:05am on 14 Nov 2009, tom_1903 wrote:

    1. Barn Owl
    2. Kesrel (male)
    3. Bearded Tit (female)
    4. Pheasant (male)
    5. Long-Tailed Tits
    6. Grey Heron (probably juvenile)
    7. Not sure, Herring Gull (first winter)
    8. Chaffinches
    9. Sedge Warbler (maybe Reed)
    10. Great Creasted Grebe
    11. Dunnock
    12. Turnstone
    13. Kingfisher (male)

    Hope i'm right

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  • 36. At 9:02pm on 14 Nov 2009, 1oldbuzzard wrote:

    1, Short-eared Owl
    2, Kestrel
    3, Bearded Tit
    4, Pheasant
    5, Long-tailed Tit
    6, Grey Heron
    7, Herring Gull
    8, Chaffinch
    9, Reed Warbler
    10,Great crested Grebe
    11,Dunnock
    12,Turnstone
    13,Kingfisher

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  • 37. At 04:56am on 17 Nov 2009, Specklednutforager wrote:

    1, Short eared owl
    2, Kestrel
    3, Bearded Tit
    4, Male Pheasent
    5, Long tailed tits
    6, Bustard
    7, Great blacked backed gull ( wintering plummage)
    8, Chaffinch
    9, sedge warbler
    10, Red breasted Merganser
    11, Dunnock
    12, Turnstone
    13, kingfisher

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  • 38. At 10:36pm on 20 Nov 2009, dean_area51 wrote:

    And the answers are?

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  • 39. At 1:29pm on 22 Nov 2009, vita wrote:


    1) Barn owl
    2) Kestrel
    3) Bearded reedling
    4) Cock pheasant
    5) Long tailed tits
    6) Grey heron
    7) Fulmar
    8) Chaffinch
    9) Gold crest
    10)Great crested grebe
    11)Robin
    12)Turnstone
    13)Kingfisher

    Had hours of fun with this!

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