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Redpoll

Observed: 29th January 2012 By: ophrys
Yorkshire Naturalists' Union
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Description:

There seem to be lots of Lesser Redpolls (cabaret) around, locally, this autumn. This bird is pale and shows features of Common Redpoll (flammea), like a whitish wing bar, pale rump and generally rather pale upperparts. But, it is small and not as pale as some obvious flammea. Some of these can be quite difficult to decide upon and I would not want to say whether this one is cabaret or flammea.

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Species interactions

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Comments

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flammea

The more I look at it, the more it looks like flammea, but in the field it did not seem so pale and had a wing length of 69mm, which is small for flammea. Either way, Redpolls are an interesting challenge and well worth looking out for, especially as there seem to be a lot around at the moment.

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Redpolls

This link is quite useful

http://www.scribd.com/doc/75552587/Redpoll-Identification

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Link

Thanks...I have not seen that site before. Some, like this bird, remain intermediate for me...not all fit neatly into a specific ID.

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Redpolls

I think some continental authorities now regard Redpolls as being one species with a rather extensive clinal variation. Would make things easier if true.