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Observed: 2nd January 2011 By: kcf32
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course completeShropshire Wildlife Trust
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Greenfinch 2011-01-02

Part of a group of mixed finches feeding in the upper branches of an alder.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus) interacts


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Siskin disguised as a greenfinch!

Thank you for your alternative identification.

It is such a long time since I have seen a siskin in this area that it never occurred to me that this was anything other than a greenfinch. However having refreshed my memory about siskins and checking the photograph again, I can now see some reasons why this may be a siskin.

The yellow bar goes across the wing rather than along the edge. There is the hint of a second short bar towards the shoulder. The chest and belly are streaked (although greenfinches are also streaked. The beak does blooks smaller than a greenfinch's. I am not sure that the resolution of the photograph provides any finer detail of the wing pattern.

On balance I agree with siskin.

Thank you.