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Mystery Bird

Observed: 2nd April 2013 By: jonmortin
Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
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Description:

I was trying to photograph a Goldfinch when this one appeared in the shot. Second photo has a Robin included for scale. Can't see its beak unfortunately which has me stumped but no problem for the experts I bet!

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) interacts

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I am now thinking it looks

I am now thinking it looks like a Robin but very dull coloration?

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And the line down its breast

And the line down its breast is a twig I think!

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Flanks

A Brambling would not show those very clear brownish flanks. On a Brambling they are less extensive and have dark streaks towards the base, which this lacks. Pretty sure it's a Goldfinch, and that is what was being photographed!

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I see where ...

... you are coming from Ian. On the other hand that breast has a very red hue and I think it is just possible to see the top of the head in the second photo; if so it appears not strongly marked, no sign of black or white just brown. I’m far from certain about Brambling, just less uncertain about Goldfinch.

Ray

Ray

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Just to clarify I did capture

Just to clarify I did capture a photo of a Goldfinch to the left of this bird but have cropped the photo! I assumed there was a group of Goldfinches as is usual, but then this bird and the Robin appeared in my photo!

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Have you still got the original?

Might be instructive to see the uncropped version.

Ray

Ray

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I have uploaded the original!

I have uploaded the original!

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Goldfinch

Definitely a Goldfinch.

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Agreed

I’ll concede :-) The whole image is quite red shifted which accounts for the breast.

Ray

Ray

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Thank you both for your help

Thank you both for your help with this!

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I see three pictures. One

I see three pictures. One cropped with a dull orange robin
One with the same robin and one on the right that happens to look gorgeous scarlet
The third picture with a goldfinch

Love the mystery of this observation

Isabel

iSpot Biodiversity Mentor for London

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Robin

The only Robin is in the 2nd picture, the others are Goldfinches, which have a fair amount of brown on their flanks and chest sides, if you look closely at them. Robins have the red breast, but that stops quite high up and does not extend down the flanks.

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