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    What bird WAS this?

    I've just got back from an hour or so of watching the trains go by at Preston station this afternoon with my son, which, when you are 4 is a terrific way of spending your time.
    One thing I did see which was out of the ordinary was this bird which had met it's end on a Virgin Trains Pendolino bound for Glasgow. I'm pretty sure it's a Buzzard, but please feel free too correct me. It was fairly jammed under the wiper blade too!!!

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    I think you're spot on, Common Buzzard (buteo buteo). Poor bugger.

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    Its dead whatever it is.... but how did it get under the wiper?

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    Nah, Buzzards have pale, even white, beaks while this looks more like a common or garden kestrel with yellow beak ............. beautiful birds never-the-less!!!

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    Poor little blighter. At least it was hopefully an instant death.

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    Nothing to do with the OP but I've been taking photos of birds outside my window this weekend:
    [ Note: I was shooting from inside through the window with NO polarizing filter hence the 'dodgy' quality ]







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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    Nothing to do with the OP but I've been taking photos of birds outside my window this weekend
    Careful mattx, you can get arrested for doing things like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Careful mattx, you can get arrested for doing things like that.
    Sok, the wife says it was ok. But only if I didn't touch.

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    What a wonderful wife you have. Any other woman and they'd be watching you like a hawk.

    [great photos by the way]

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    What a wonderful wife you have. Any other woman and they'd be watching you like a hawk.

    [great photos by the way]
    Lordy - don't start on the puns......

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    Why not? Only trying to get you 'owling with laughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    Why not? Only trying to get you 'owling with laughter.
    Cos it makes you look like a Great Tit...

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    Who ruffled your feathers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveT View Post
    Nah, Buzzards have pale, even white, beaks while this looks more like a common or garden kestrel with yellow beak ............. beautiful birds never-the-less!!!
    I'm very, very knowlegable about birds. Kestrels are small and have chestnut brown uppers. It is definately NOT a kestrel This was quite large (if you have never seen a Pendolino you won't get the sense of scale involved here) I did suspect it was a buzzard from the off, and it it was proberbly hit at about 130mph. I reckon that would do the job of ramming it under the wiper like that.

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    Pretty sure it is a common buzzard too (aka the european buzzard) but it may be a migrating rough-legged buzzard from the size.

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