Indiana vs. London Birds, Almost a Tie

While preparing for the trip to London, I noticed that many of the birds we see in Indiana are almost the same as London birds. It must have to do that birds, like humans, migrated to certain areas and developed just a little different. Plus maybe because the two areas have the same mid-latitude temperate climates.

So many of the birds are the same but slightly different. A tie if you will.

Probably the most obvious was the crow.

Carrion Crow
A Carrion Crow, about the same size and look of the American Crow. Hyde Park, 4/5/16
Common Pochard
Except for a slight difference in the bill, the Common Pochard sure looks like a Redhead. St. James Park 4/3/16
Gray Heron
The Gray Heron looks similar to a Great Blue Heron but is different in several aspects – mainly size – 36″ vs. 46″. St. James Park 4/3/16
Eurasian Moorhen
I really can’t see a difference between the Eurasian Moorhen and our Common Gallinule. My NG says “shorter bill and more rounded top to frontal shield”. I guess. St. James Park 4/3/16
Eurasian Coot
The all white frontal shield is a pretty obvious difference between the Eurasian Coot and American Coot. St. James Park 4/3/16
Great Cormorant
I have seen Great Cormorants on the East Coast and they are just as similar there as in London to the Double-crested Cormorant. Main difference is the white patch on throat. London Wetland Centre 4/5/16
Tufted Duck
The previously posted  Tufted Duck. Basically a Ring-necked Duck without the white spur on the side and of course with the hanging tuft. Hyde Park 4/2/16
Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon has a rufous head versus the American Wigeon gray-green head. St. James Park 4/3/16
 Eurasian Wren
The Eurasian Wren, basically our Winter and Pacific Wren. Hyde Park, 4/5/16
Eurasian Magpie
A Eurasian Magpie, not a Midwest bird but similar to the western US Black-billed Magpie. Hyde Park 4/5/16
Song Thrush
The Song Thrush reminded me of our Wood Thrush. Hyde Park 4/5/16

Soon I’ll post about London birds that acted like our birds but looked different.

2 Replies to “Indiana vs. London Birds, Almost a Tie”

  1. Great shots of those birds; it brings back some good memories for me. London and Paris have so far been my only foreign birding, and it is incredibly exciting that almost every single bird was a lifer. Even House Sparrows and Starlings were exciting over there in their native environment.

    1. It is fun when every bird is something new. I always wish I had more time to watch them. We only spent a day in Paris so I didn’t keep a list, though I thought about it when I saw a Dunnock by the Eiffel Tower.

      I saw lots of Feral Pigeons but no House Sparrows in London and just a few in Paris. I know they are in decline in the UK but I figured I would have seen some.

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