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Island in Lake Constance with lots of vegetable farming and a wetland nature preserve nearby.
Birds of Europe by Lars Jonsson is one of the best field guides. It has recently been updated. Clements Checklists are a free download here: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementsche...
Thanks Pedro and Malcom, I appreciate the help. I'm really not good at the whole dimorphism thing. ;)@Malcom - I thought I saw a hint of white at the throat, that's why I followed Jemma's suggestion. And thanks for the explanation about the red kite.Does anybody have a good tip for field guides? I have the German edition of Birds of Britain and Europe by Rob Hume and am waiting for The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World, plus a small book promising id in 3 easy steps (never trust an ad... :D) called "Vögel" by Einhard Bezzel, which I hate. It needn't be in German, English is just fine.
Definitely Chaffinch female. For info Pied Flycatcher female has white throat, breast and belly and white wing bars are further back on the folded wings and do not reach the leading edge. Flycatcher legs are much darker.Red Kites normally go for carrion rather than live food and would not chase through trees like a Sparrowhawk. If they take small birds it is usually from open fields so more likely to be larks, pipits or wagtails taken in low, fast flight just above the ground and grabbed by one foot in passing.
It's a female Chaffinch!
Thanks, I've read some more yesterday and I can say I would be more confident if I could see more of the sides / wings.
Ursula,it does look like that.You can also wait till Liam sees it.Bird Expert.
I imagine very. It didn't move the whole time we were there (parking the car and changing shoes), although it was a really busy parking lot. Unfortunately there was even a cat around... caught between a rock and a hard place. ;)And thanks for pointing me in any direction, I was looking at passerines, but that's still a whole lot of birds to cover. Female European Pied Flycatcher maybe?
I am just trying to imagine how scared this little bird must be!! It is cute!!Could it possibly be a flycatcher?
The Red Kite in question: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/247...
Spotted on May 13, 2011 Submitted on May 23, 2013