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Thanks for your id. What distinguishes this as a Linnet? So many birds look so similar to me. Regards - Lynda
It's a small bird, like a slender sparrow, with a little beady eye, a forked tail and a pointed finch-type beak. The beak shape rules out a Bunting or Sparrow (heavier) or a pipit, say (longer and thinner). The combination of those lightly streaked, quite bright brown upperparts and then blackish wing feathers with white edges on the inner feathers is what makes it a Linnet. Other finches have clear wing bars (Redpoll, Chaffinch, Bullfinch), yellow or green tones (Siskin, Goldfinch) or are just very different (Hawfinch, Crossbill). The one I have not mentioned is Twite, which is very similar. At this time of year, they are breeding in hilly northern areas, mainly in Scotland. The differences are quite subtle, really, so best to read an article like this one, and look at pictures of each...
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Can I just say Ian that that is one of the clearest and possibly most precise identification follow-ups I've ever seen on ispot! Nice one.
Feel free to look at my ongoing (hopefully improving) collection of pictures on Flickr:
Thank you! I will write all of that in the note book I take out with me. It's just knowing these things. Kindest Regards, Lynda
PS I have added you as a contact Ian (on Flickr) (Scarpermac, I had you already). My collection of photos can be found at:-
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