Just found a bird

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 Bottom Clinger 19 Sep 2023

Think it’s a young collard dove? If not, it’s some rare migrant. It’s tail seems very long? Thoughts anyone ??  It was a on a path, looking totally battered, soon to be predated. 


 stani 19 Sep 2023
In reply to Bottom Clinger:

Could it be some type of grey parrot thats escaped?

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In reply to stani:

Possibly, but edging more towards dove. It’s in a box, warming up and drying out. Probs won’t survive the night. I’ve got some oatmeal and soya milk simmering into a porridge (that’s the advice). I’ll do my best, but not hopeful. 

Removed User 19 Sep 2023
In reply to Bottom Clinger:

Very hard to tell given the state it's in - did you consider birdflu when picking it up? 

Only dove I can think of with such a long tail is Namaqua, though I'm not an expert, and maybe it's a little on the large size for one of those? Maybe worth posting on birdforum? 

Post edited at 19:40
In reply to Removed User:

I didn’t think about avian flu at the time, but have since checked - exceptionally low probability. 

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 Michael Hood 19 Sep 2023
In reply to Bottom Clinger:

That's even harder than your usual ID photos - hope it recovers.

 Andy Hardy 19 Sep 2023
In reply to Bottom Clinger:

I know it's early to be thinking about Christmas, but I do feel you've left it a bit late to start fattening. Unless this one's slated for December 2024?

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In reply to Andy Hardy:

It looks perkier now than when it arrived. Ground up some oatmeal and sunflower hearts, cooked to a porridge with water and soya milk. Tastes really nice!  Hoping it is warm enough in its box with a towel over it - don’t want to risk overheating it. 

In reply to Michael Hood:

Was hoping it was some rare North American cuckoo or similar. 

In reply to Bottom Clinger:

It’s defo looking more like a Norwegian Blue this morning. 
 

 JCurrie 20 Sep 2023
In reply to Bottom Clinger:

> It’s defo looking more like a Norwegian Blue this morning. 

>  

That’s sad news. But you did your best. On the bright side, that porridge needs eating.

In reply to JCurrie:

> That’s sad news. But you did your best. On the bright side, that porridge needs eating.

Dog can eat. As well as eating the porridge.

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 McHeath 20 Sep 2023
In reply to Bottom Clinger:

The eyes definitely fit collared dove (1st pic); red irises, big pupils, and a ring of pale bare skin around the eye

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 MKH 20 Sep 2023
In reply to Bottom Clinger:

beautiful plumage.

Removed User 20 Sep 2023
In reply to Bottom Clinger:

Sorry to harp on, but giving it to the dog is probably not the best idea. Current government advice is not to handle dead birds - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/removing-and-disposing-of-dead-wild-birds

Very sad, but we do have to consider avian flu - https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/di...

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In reply to Removed User:

> Sorry to harp on, but giving it to the dog is probably not the best idea. Current government advice is not to handle dead birds - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/removing-and-disposing-of-dead-wild-birds

I was joking

> Very sad, but we do have to consider avian flu - https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/how-you-can-help-birds/di...

Totally agree. I’ve been monitoring avian flu for the last few years, cases amongst collard doves are exceptionally rare. I’ve chatted with staff and volunteers at a number of reserves. Leighton Moss in particular was very badly hit (black headed gull colony was hammered). 

 Pids 20 Sep 2023
In reply to Bottom Clinger:

Did it survive the night?

Is it eating etc?

Have you release it yet?

It looks like it could be a baby kookaburra, assume they are quite uncommon round your way, may have been carried away by a bird of pray, trapped in its beak, and the bird of prey then blown off course, when it tired it dropped the young kookaburra on the path near you? 

In reply to Pids:

It’s dead, defo collard dove. 

In reply to Bottom Clinger:

> collard doves

Is this just a repeated typo?

[edit: three times now. Or is a collard dove different from a collared dove?]

Post edited at 18:57
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In reply to captain paranoia:

Neither, just bad spelling. 

In reply to Bottom Clinger:

Okay; just wondering if it was some exotic you'd found...

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Removed User 21 Sep 2023
In reply to Bottom Clinger:

Ah, sorry! Not always straightforward telling when someone's joking online. 

 Pids 21 Sep 2023
In reply to Bottom Clinger:

> It’s dead, defo collard dove. 

Aww, shame - still, I suppose there is a crumb of comfort in that it was a dead collard dove as opposed to a dead kookaburra.

Still, not good for the ex collard dove.

 Rob Parsons 21 Sep 2023
In reply to Pids:

> It looks like it could be a baby kookaburra ...

Are you having a laugh?

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 Pids 21 Sep 2023
In reply to Rob Parsons:

> Are you having a laugh?

C'mon, you had to ask?

What gave it away, perhaps this bit:

It looks like it could be a baby kookaburra, assume they are quite uncommon round your way, may have been carried away by a bird of pray, trapped in its beak, and the bird of prey then blown off course, when it tired it dropped the young kookaburra on the path near you? 

Oh dear.

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 freeflyer 21 Sep 2023
In reply to Pids:

> Did it survive the night?

> Is it eating etc?

> Have you release it yet?

It has joined the choirs invisibule. 

It’s not every day you get to say that …


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