Monday, 11 April 2011

Nordic Jackdaw?


I dropped into Hornsea this afternoon as I was free from work and child. A few Pied Wagtails quickly revealed a male and female Yellow Wagtail and a Little Ringed Plover was flushed from the shore. Aside from stacks of Sand Martins there was very little of interest - no bang on White Wagtails so I started looking at the Jackdaws and one stood out with a ghost of a neck collar. Its mantle tone was similar to the other birds so my best guess using Alan Tilmouth's article on Birding Frontiers is turrium, an intergrade form between monedula (nordic) and spermalogus occurring in eastern Holland through Germany & Denmark. Any thoughts are gratefully received.






3 comments:

Tim Jones said...

Collar doesn't look bright enough, although haven't read Garners latest post well enough, will have a look later.

Erich Hediger said...

To be honest Jackdaws like that are pretty regular. However a true Nordic Jackdaw was around a few year back and likely bred so there might be some genes still around.

northernloon said...

oops, should had my specs on. When I saw the last 2 pics I immediately thought ' falcon'. Arse

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