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 Post subject: Identification Help - LBJs
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 2:24 pm 
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Those small brown birds so many of us battle to identify, affectionately named Little Brown Jobs or LBJs for short by birders, can really be a pain especially if you want to increase the bird sightings list of your last trip.

Use this area to post photos of those LBJs you find difficult to identify and maybe some of the forum members might be able to be of assistance.

Remember only LBJs here. If you need a raptor identified go here and for all other birds you can go here.


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 Post subject: Ex-Identification Help - LBJs
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:51 am 
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Hi all

What do you think of this one - Levaillant's or Wailing? Seen on the top of Suikerbosrand in that area where both occur just to confuse us :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Another one from top of Suikerbosrand - I had this one as Wing-snapping Cisticola but just wanted to be sure :D

Very small dumpy bird with a very short tail and although not displaying at usual height, there were 2 birds that were irregularly snapping their wings while flying low over the grass. Any thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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I Hate LBJ's Please help this pic was taken at RietVlei the day of the Meet & Great.

I'm leaning towards Sabota Lark but just not sure.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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NetEk wrote:
I Hate LBJ's

Why?? :twisted:

NetEk wrote:
Please help this pic was taken at RietVlei the day of the Meet & Great.
I'm leaning towards Sabota Lark but just not sure.


Being unsure is a good sign, NetEk. This is a pipit. I'd like to have a better view of the bill specifically, but judging from what I can see, I'd say chances are good for a long-billed pipit: lightly streaked back, buffy outer feathers, prominent buffy eyebrow. However, having stated me gut-feel, the giss is buffy-like. Maybe you have a (few) different angle(s) to show? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Thanks for the reply Johan

Okay hate might be a strong word.. I just don't seem to get them right and then I just give up which means not getting the numbers.........

Sorry the bird didn't hang around long enough to get another angle.
I will check the book tonight (some of us are still at work.....)

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Another bird that has me stymied :wall: I'd at first thought perhaps a female Cape sparrow, but it has a light coloured bill ... so perhaps a juvenile of some sort? Seen in my garden in Darling in late September 2013.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - LBJs
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Had this in the garden today. Thought it might be a leucistic sparrow of some sort, but I'm really not sure. Please help?

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