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Mystery Bird No 2

Observed: 3rd May 2010 By: SomersetWandererSomersetWanderer’s reputation in BirdsSomersetWanderer’s reputation in BirdsSomersetWanderer’s reputation in BirdsSomersetWanderer’s reputation in Birds
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Apolgies for heavily cropped photos taken in poor light (6 am ish) but this has left me puzzled. Bird was perched at the top of a very tall Alder and from my "vantage point" appeared much larger than say, a chaffinch or greenfinch, looking more like a smallish dove in size. Thought Hawfinch maybe but bill doesn't look right. Help please - my sanity depends upon it :-)

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) interacts


Goldfinch's picture


I think this may be a Chaffinch.

tweeter's picture

Looks like chaffinch

Female chaffinch I'd say.

The size of birds can be quite hard to tell if there is little to compare them with and they are distant.

I find judging the size of birds especially difficult when they are in flight.


SomersetWanderer's picture

In crisis!

Thanks you for your comments - I was fearful that folks would consider it was a Chaffinch! But I tell you, it was huge, enormous! This means that:

I have discovered a previously unknown "mega" chaffinch species, or

I shouldn't go out so early, or

I should pay a visit to the opticians!

MrG's picture

Poor light

I suspect it is much harder to judge the size of something in poor light, perhaps because it is harder for the eye to focus.

anonymous spotter's picture


If it' as cold in Rickmansworth as it is in Teesside, then my money is on a well fluffed-up chaffinch too.

Alladell's picture


The first picture has the distinct markings of the Chaffinch, enhancing the pic confirms this