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Word of an "odd" hobby at Moor Green lakes started to appear on Birdforum and then on July 11th on the Berksbirds Yahoo group.  The finder, Allen Worgan, put his field notes up for scrutiny as he didn't feel the bird looked right for a hobby and opined that it was a juv/1st summer Red-footed falcon

Other locals went to see the bird and such were the incongruities in the plumage that it wasn't until Saturday morning before it was positively ID'd and put out as a Red-footed falcon on the usually superb: www.berksbirds.co.uk. After this all who came to see it found it odd that anyone had difficulties - "it was so obviously a RFF" ... such are (some) birders!

The bird shows mostly juv plumage with replacement by some adult greater coverts and scapulars - pale grey with dark bands, as apposed to the rusty-buff tips of the juv plum. Dick Forsman describes these features as that of a transitional female - 2nd cy Spring bird. Marek, on his excellent website, suggests that it "may be a first year bird in arrested moult"


Click HERE to see a discussion on its plumage and ID by Oxon's knowledgeable Recorder

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