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Linnets?

Observed: 25th August 2012 By: John PilkingtonJohn Pilkington’s reputation in BirdsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in BirdsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in BirdsJohn Pilkington’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

Poor photograph of 2 out of 4 birds seen on hedge alongside Coastal Path. Took photograph whilst attempting to get closer, 2 of 4 had just flown off; these 2 departed before I could take another.

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BirdTrack's picture

Linnet vs Greenfinch

Linnet seems a slightly better fit to me on grounds of the right hand bird having a brownish back with contrastingly paler (yellowish) underparts - can't think of a Greenfinch plumage where the difference would be so marked (in an image of this quality). Also coastal habitat probably marginally favours Linnet. Agree that a definite ID isn't possible though. Cheers, Nick

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ophrys's picture

Colour

There goes my colour-blindness again! If you can see it is brown on the back, then fair enough.

Equally, I can't think of a Linnet plumage which is yellowish below, though. ;)

Always a danger of starting to analyse a pic of this quality. They are birds, that we can be pretty sure of...

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acr293's picture

linnet ?

The colours are similar to a yellowhammer - Brown back yellow under, especially on The bird to the right of the photo. difficult to tell from the image though(I know how difficult it is to take photos of birds).

james spencer's picture

Linnet

I would put a large sum of money on this being linnet due to the shape of the chest pattern on the left hand bird and the plain chestnut mantle and wings on the right hand bird. The shape is better for Linnet - more attenuated than Greenfinch and the way they are sitting is slightly too high in the branches for Greenfinch which are c30% heavier. They are the wrong shape for Yellowhammer having too small a head (and to a lesser extent Greenfinch).

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Linnet

Wow!

You must have a better screen resolution than I do...I can barely see their heads at all!

;)

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exactly! they cant be

exactly! they cant be yellowhammers ;-)