Just a bit of fun. These were done for a quiz and I thought I would pop them up to see who could get the identification first.
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This photograph cannot be identified with 100% confidence without photographs of other features of the bird eg undertail coverts, rump etc.....
Ophrys is challenging us to have a go - did you not see the series just after Christmas? Great fun!
Is it this one?
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True enough, but the world won't end if someone has a guess and I'll stick another photo up later. ;)
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David H is right with his comment on frosty plumage. It is a Common Redpoll, Carduelis flammea. If I can find the full picture, I shall stick it up. A wing length of 77mm, as I remember, which put it out of the range for Lesser (max. of 75mm), together with a nice pale rump and frosty back, and broad white wing bars. It was one of several caught during the influx, a year ago.
As requested. A very striking Common Redpoll with pale rump and lower back, broad white wing bars and overall frosty look to it.
Anyone fancy changing their ID in view of the added pictures?!
Lat/Lng: 53.92239259254, -0.84580510854721
OS grid ref: SE758479
Forestry Commission plantation being returned to wooded heathland