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Redpoll spp.

Observed: 5th October 2009 By: DavidHowdon
Amateur Entomologists' SocietyLondon Natural History SocietySelborne Society
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1663 Redpoll spp D 01 0

Clearly a Redpoll of some sort and some Arctic Redpolls were seen on this site at the same time.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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From what I can see on this

From what I can see on this photograph, I think that this is probably a lesser redpoll. This assertion is based on the warmish hues of the browns in bird's plumage, the streaking on its underparts and flanks, and the bill size and shape. I feel that a mealy (i.e. common) redpoll would look rather more cold, grey-toned and appear 'chunkier'. There is nothing on this shot that would make me think that this is an arctic. That said, all of these can be really 'tricky', in the extreme.

Many years ago I was lucky enough to find an arctic redpoll, alongside lessers and mealys, still quite difficult.

It's really sad but lesser redpoll seems to have declined hugely in the north east of England in recent years. I used, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, to watch a lovely breeding colony at a local site, that had 'tens' of breeding pairs (it was a superb trilling, buzzing entity in itself, during April and May) in birch and hawthorn scrub. Today, no pairs breed there at all, despite the fact that it is a well-managed, nature reserve. A sad fate for a cracking little bird!

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Will probably stay un-identified

I think I will end up leaving this one recorded as Redpoll spp.