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Redpolls but which one?

Observed: 13th December 2012 By: davebaustindavebaustin’s reputation in Birds
Initial view of pair feeding
View showing red features
Side view

Redpolls seen on feeders in my garden but really not sure of identification between Lesser and Common/Mealy Redpoll - anyone know?
Lesser Redpoll is the identification and thanks to all who provided some rather splendid feedback

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These are classic Lesser Redpolls, with buffy wing bars and dark overall tone to plumage. Common Redpoll (flammea) is usually a bit bigger, has a paler rump and mantle, whiter wing bar, and the overall background tone is usually more grey than buff.

It's easy with obvious ones like these, but many are intermediate. I have not seen many flammea around, this winter...yet.


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identifying redpolls

This link was circulated on twitter today by "Triplester":

Looks like a useful resource for a non-birder like me!

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