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Posted 9th September 2011, 02:31 PM
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What type of bird is this? UK


Hi, Today i was collecting leaves in the garden and as I picked up a pile, heard a small squeak.
There was a baby bird that I have never seen before.
I made a safe area and left it to watch from a distance to see if an adult came down to find it.

I kept an eye on it but after a while realised it was in trouble as it's breathing got fast and shortly after it sadly passed.
When i picked it up I found a large tick on it's neck.

It was the prettiest little thing but I have no idea what it is and would love to know. I've taken a picture but it also had extremely long claws as well as the forked tail and long pointed beak.

Not sure if it's only native in the UK or if anyone else can say what it might be.

Thanks

Janet

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Posted 9th September 2011, 02:38 PM
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I do think it is a Treecreeper. poor thing.. sorry he died.
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Posted 9th September 2011, 03:15 PM
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my first thought with forked tail would be swallow or swift,
but think swallows even when young are more blue/black & white.
Swifts dont have such a long pronounced beak
Treecreepers normally have a longer slim more curved beak like a kingfisher
(apart from colouring their shape is similar)
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Posted 9th September 2011, 03:30 PM
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I do think it is a Treecreeper. poor thing.. sorry he died.
That's it!

Just Googled Tree Creeper baby images and definitely was one.

I found it at the bottom of an Oak tree and I have seen adults running up and down these trees at the bottom of the garden in the past. Must have fledged from up there.

Such a shame it's got the loveliest markings. That damn tick must have drained the life out of it.

Thanks so much for checking that out for me.

Janet

I had looked at swifts and Nuthatch pictures while I was trying to find what it was Bob but as you say, they were different colours so had drawn a blank.
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Posted 10th September 2011, 10:45 AM
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yes I saw this picture and knew it had to be one.
http://artistatexit0.files.wordpress...ee-creeper.jpg
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Posted 10th September 2011, 05:31 PM
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Hi SW. Yes that was definitely the same.

Once you'd said what it was I watched a video that I googled and it showed how the fledglings huddle up together gripping onto the bark of the tree when they first leave the nest and the adult feeds them from there. Now I can see why it had those long feet and such long claws.
When I've seen them in the past they look like mice running up the tree trunks. So fast, that's why I'd never noticed the markings on their feathers.

Do you have them where you live then seeing as you recognised so easily?

Thanks for the info,

Janet
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