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Lesser Redpoll, Female

Observed: 24th January 2013 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Redpoll, Lesser, Sandy Lodge, 2012-01-24 001

white breast. and red patch on top of head, of course.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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You can sex them easily enough if they are adult, but if they are a first year bird, not all can be done. Can't tell the age of this one, from the front.


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Looks lesser to me

The sides do seem quite dark and streaked constrasting with the white belly. Shows a full eye ring whereas in Mealy it would probably (although not always) be just below.

With only one shot of course lots of the key features are not shown.

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Sorry, Ian and David

I've looked through all the pictures I took at the time, and this was the only one. I seem to recall it promptly flew off. They're so INCONSIDERATE at times, don't you think?




DavidHowdon's picture

Life was much easier

when the bird identification tool of choice was the shot gun.

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How True!

I've got a copy of the Hitchin Nuturalist's Club Journals from 1897, and there are several references to people having shot stuff. A corncrake here (none about now), skylarks there... (fortunately more common).
My great grandfather farmed in this area, and I'm told that species shot wasn't an issue. He'd put down breadcrumbs in the farmyard, load his muzzle-loading shotgun with rock salt instead of pellets, and shoot anything that turned up; they all went into the pot.