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Bird close to old gardening implement (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

drake

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Here is my best explanation:

'bird' is the definition.
(drake is a kind of bird)

'close to old gardening implement' is the wordplay.
'close to' indicates one should take the final letters (the close/ending of).
'gardening implement' becomes 'rake' (I've seen this before).
The final letter of 'old' is 'd'.
'd'+'rake'='DRAKE'

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for drake that I've seen before include "Duck", "Sir Francis - -", "Raked (anag.)", "Elizabethan circumnavigator", "-'s Drum (Newbolt)", "sea captain", "adventurer from Devon", "might be after a duck?", "Elizabethan sailor" and "Navigator".)

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