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On 6/7/2023 at 7:00 AM, Charlie Spencer said:

Eurasian Blackbird, Bath, England.  May 2023.

I took a photo of one of these in our garden around 1960, my very first bird photo (or maybe Blue Tits on the string of nuts on the feeder) . It was B&W of course and I think I posted it on this forum once but can't remember the topic.

Hope you enjoyed your trip to Blighty.

What the heck, I dug it out again.

European Blackbird juv-16065389.jpg

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18 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

White Wagtail, at least as eBird / ABA lists it.  Over there it's a Pied Wagtail.  Bath, England.  May 2023.

I noticed they had changed the name when I was back in 2019 (and when we had one show up here in Ontario, the Siberian Ssp., a couple of months ago). It will always be known as a Pied Wagtail and the Eurasian Kestrel as a Sparrowhawk.

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22 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

Finally connected with my lifer Brewer's Blackbird last night! It was just a matter of taking the correct road, the one that didn't really seem like a road...

ML584695631 Brewer's Blackbird Macaulay Library

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Nice! They're hard to photograph well sometimes, they let you get close but the photos just don't turn out. 

Just curious, but what is the habitat they like over there? Here in California they're often around parking lots with House Sparrows, as well as other urbanized areas. I rarely see them away from civilization. 

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13 minutes ago, Aidan B said:

Nice! They're hard to photograph well sometimes, they let you get close but the photos just don't turn out. 

Just curious, but what is the habitat they like over there? Here in California they're often around parking lots with House Sparrows, as well as other urbanized areas. I rarely see them away from civilization. 

Thanks!

Wow! The habitat they use here is pretty much the complete opposite. The standard in the northern lower peninsula seems to be large clearings within, and often former Kirtland's Warbler habitat, with a mix of very small oak saplings and other small trees. I don't think this is true for the entire state though, I think they'll also use grasslands, sod farms, etc. Nowhere are they urban birds though! They're completely absent from the southeastern counties of Michigan.

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