British Birds II

Erithacus rubeculaRobin (Erithacus rubecula). Yup, looks nothing like ours.Turdus merulaThe Blackbird (Turdus merula), on the otherhand, is much like our American Robin (Turdus migratorius), an omnipresent thrush.Aythya fuligulaTufted Duck (Aythya fuligula).Larus fuscusLesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus): we’re seeing more and more of these birds on this side of the Atlantic.Fringilla coelebsChaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), the source of the frog-call.Motacilla albaPied Wagtail (Motacilla alba), a bird we encountered in every habitat; here it’s in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Anthus pratensisI was puzzled by this bird and asked three different couples sporting binoculars to help me identify it. The first insisted it was a House Sparrow. Ahem. The third couple and I agreed on Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis).

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