small brown bird with long beak

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small brown bird with long beak

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i have seen this bird twice in the last 2 days in my garden, which ithink is staying under a bush. It is as big as a blackbird and has a long beak, and web feet could some one please tell me wot it is and what i should feed it on thank you

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  • Hi Annie

    A puzzler.

    Waterfowl have webbed feet but most are bigger than Blackbirds. Females can be dull brown. Can you give more details please? How long is the bill/beak? What colour is it and is it straight or curved? Is the plumage plain brown? Are you sure it has webbed feet?

    Sorry for the interrogation but I think we need more info. Do you have a photo? That would be even better!

    Cheers

    Pipit

  • Hi

    I would say you have a moorhen

       Several people have reported similar sightings on the forum

        Regards  Ray

  • Hi annie and welcome to the RSPB Forum.  Enjoy yourself here

    Now that is a weird one.  I wonder if it is a wader of some sort that has strayed into your garden.  Is it feeding from your feeders at all?

    There have a few sightings of more unusual birds in peoples garden areas throughout the chilly period.

    Can you elaborate on your description and do you have a photo of the type of the bird in question.  If the photos is not to clear it is better than nothing.

    Regards

    Kathy and Dave

  • Barnsley lad

    I would say you have a moorhen

       Several people have reported similar sightings on the forum

    Hi Annie. Take a look at the bird shown on this thread. Anything like it?

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/forums/t/27819.aspx

    TJ

     

  • Hello,

    It could be a Snipe or a Woodcock... neither of them have webbed feet though (nor do Moorhens). If it definitely does have webbed feet it would have to be a duck, gull or something even less likely to be living under a bush!

  • aiki

    Hello,

    It could be a Snipe or a Woodcock... neither of them have webbed feet though (nor do Moorhens). If it definitely does have webbed feet it would have to be a duck, gull or something even less likely to be living under a bush!

    hi aikia

        To some there feet would look webbed

               Ray   

  • Barnsley lad

    aiki

    Hello,

    It could be a Snipe or a Woodcock... neither of them have webbed feet though (nor do Moorhens). If it definitely does have webbed feet it would have to be a duck, gull or something even less likely to be living under a bush!

     

    hi aikia

        To some there feet would look webbed

               Ray   

     Or even a juvinile Coot

  • Hi annie

    Welcome to the Community from me too. :-)

    You seem to have several birds to choose from already so I'm not going to suggest any more. Please come back and let us know if it was any of those suggested, or if it isn't and you can get a photo that would be great. :-)

  • I'd say it's one of them:

    Coot

    Moorhen

    Woodcock

    Snipe

    But there are more possibilities depending on where you live.