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13-08-29 007b

Observed: 29th August 2013 By: fredtheredfredthered’s reputation in Birdsfredthered’s reputation in Birdsfredthered’s reputation in Birdsfredthered’s reputation in Birds
13-08-29 007b
Description:

A pair flitting in and out of woodland edge. Most striking feature the bright chestnut back and plumage. The bill looks very large for a linnet, and it is not a habitat where I would expect them.

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fredthered's picture

I thought at first sight it

I thought at first sight it appeared like a redstart - but on the edge of chalk grassland and deciduous woods? and then when I saw the photo the size of the bill seemed to indicate finch.

jerebarker's picture

Redstart

is a woodland-edge sort of bird in many cases, esp. on migration, so habitat is bang on the money.

Bill shape, rather than size per se should take you away from a finch: not stoutly conical, but a Robin-like fine bill suited for insect catching.

J

fredthered's picture

I'm happy with all of that,

I'm happy with all of that, but I do not see a fine bill in the photo however I look at it.
to me it looks very stout!

jerebarker's picture

Fair enough!

All relative, I guess. To me it looks fairly fine and slender - not Chiffchaff slender, but Robin-like. Maybe that's just the way I see it though!

J

Ray Turner's picture

Bill

I wonder if you are seeing the light area in front of the eye as a bill Fred. Have a look here http://eybirdwatching.blogspot.co.uk/2010_09_01_archive.html to see a bird from a similar angle (scroll down about 11 or so pictures).

Ray

Ray

fredthered's picture

Bill / Beak

Thank you very much for that, Ray, you are spot-on. Once I had seen it as a parrot, I couldn't see it any other way - but I do now. Am going back to Specsavers tomorrow ....I just wish these birds would learn to pose properly and give one time to take a decent shot instead of hopping off so coyly ...

fredthered's picture

Bill / Beak

Thank you very much for that, Ray, you are spot-on. Once I had seen it as a parrot, I couldn't see it any other way - but I do now. Am going back to Specsavers tomorrow ....I just wish these birds would learn to pose properly and give one time to take a decent shot instead of hopping off so coyly ...