Unknown bird

Unknown bird

Observation - Unknown bird - UK and Ireland. Description: This was seen in Sept 2009. The woodland surrounds a freshwater pond. Sorry about the quality of the photos but this bird was quite a long way away. Three of the photos have been tightly cropped. The 2nd photo is the uncropped version of the 1st and gives

This was seen in Sept 2009. The woodland surrounds a freshwater pond. Sorry about the quality of the photos but this bird was quite a long way away. Three of the photos have been tightly cropped. The 2nd photo is the uncropped version of the 1st and gives a better idea of the distance. If it helps these were taken at 300mm on a 1.6 crop sensor (35mm equivalent = 480mm). My memory is a bit vague but I seem to recall it was about warbler size. If I only had the last 2 photos I might guess at immature Goldfinch but I'm not confident enough to venture an id because the other photos look completely wrong. I can't be 100% certain they are the same bird but I don't recall there being another bird and there is only three seconds between the first two and third shots.

See notes on Goldfinch observation and my comment.