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Thread subject: Loch Garten nest
Name Date Message
Pam 03/21/10 01:05 pm The sun is very bright there right now. No Ospreys but I am wondering if the little bird which has been pecking around is a Snow Bunting. Difficult to see in that light.
Tiger 03/21/10 06:59 pm I have seen it reported as a crossbill.
Pam 03/21/10 08:42 pm Ah yes...it could be. It looked very white and black on the webcam but it's difficult to make an accurate observation of anything so small. I did take a capture Here
Marie 03/21/10 09:52 pm That is truly a hard one to ID Pam in those conditions.;-)
Tiger 03/21/10 10:04 pm Marie if you find it hard to ID then all of us would probably find it impossible. Pip over on Facebook said it was a crossbill. Me, I have no idea.
Pam 03/22/10 07:58 am I cannot get a clear picture from either Loch Garten or Loch of Lowes, both "washed out". If I can get such brilliant cam pictures from America and Canada I wonder why I can't get them from here in UK.
DaisyG 03/22/10 08:45 am I agree Pam, the quality of the cam is terrible. I hope it improves.

Difficult to tell but I would lean more towards Pam's suggestion of a Snow Bunting rather than a Crossbill. Crossbills being much darker in colour. Not that I have seen either bird in real life of course, am just going from photos on the net.
Anne 03/22/10 01:38 pm Thats a Crossbill. The light is making it look strange. You have to go up to 3000' to see Snow buntings in the Cairngorms.
DaisyG 03/22/10 02:40 pm Thanks Anne. I knew you would come to the rescue :)
I didn't realise Snow Buntings stayed at such high altitudes.
Pam 03/22/10 06:17 pm Thanks Anne.

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