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I spotted the top right hand bird in the garden a couple of weeks ago and was not sure what it was. Today it and a few others have stayed long enough to get a picture.
Taken through a double glazed window so not as sharp as I would like.

Can someone confirm my identification as a Redpoll, never seen one in the garden before this winter.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:Canon 400mm + x1.4 ext.
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Help please - Top Right a Redpoll?
Username:MikeA MikeA
Uploaded:6 Jan 2010 - 2:02 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
Votes:19

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2010 - 2:09 PM

Nice one,lovely shot,sorry havnt a clue,,

Aidan,,

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Wilmot
Wilmot  6338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2010 - 2:13 PM

Yes a Lesser Redpoll
Steve

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2010 - 2:15 PM

yes it's a lesser redpoll

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2010 - 2:23 PM

Well taken thanks for sharing it saeid

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Adderwatcher
6 Jan 2010 - 2:34 PM

Fantastic image, well captured.
Scott

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MikeA
MikeA  91176 forum posts England
6 Jan 2010 - 2:34 PM

Thanks for your comments and the info Steve and Steve.

MikeA.

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bazmorgan
bazmorgan  5 England
6 Jan 2010 - 2:40 PM

Well done. nice shot.yes it is a Male Redpoll.(It's mouth is shut) Smile

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 - 3:01 PM

Nice shot, it is not a Redpoll it is a Linnet male. Redpoll do not have red breasts.

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podgod
podgod  10494 forum posts Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2010 - 3:55 PM

Have to agree with John, it's a Linnet.

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User_Removed Junior Member 8 England16 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2010 - 5:15 PM

Mike, It is not a linnet; the face markings are wrong. It's definitely a male lesser redpoll, which do very much have a flushed breast. I'm posting three close-ups of same bird tomorrow. They are big into nijer seed like the goldfinch and siskins.
Anyway you've captured the bird nicely; I think we all agree on that! Wink
Andrew

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tbirdtone
tbirdtone  4 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 - 5:22 PM

Hi guys, for what it is worth the beak gives the identity of the Redpoll which has a mustardy colour, as indeed your picture clearly shows. The Linnets beak is a darker colour. But Hey guys, I'm open to correction. Lovely shot.

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Wilmot
Wilmot  6338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2010 - 5:24 PM

The beak is very different between Redpolls and Linnets Smile
And it is a great shot!
Steve

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loweswood
loweswood  9317 forum posts England
6 Jan 2010 - 5:24 PM

I think the yellow beak puts it into the redpoll camp. What a wonderfull sighting on your feeders.

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2010 - 5:40 PM

great catch

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7613 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States42 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2010 - 10:38 PM

That is one lovely bird - I've never seen one like that, much less heard the name!
Thanks so much for the mod Mike!

Anne

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jan 2010 - 11:55 PM

Very well captured Mike, I reckon epzers, "MossyOak" or "Maiwand" will be able to help you id it once and for all, they are bird experts and will probably be only too willing to help, Ed

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RTDS
RTDS  6 Cyprus
17 Jan 2010 - 4:24 PM

Great capture Mike.
Like this one very much.
Robert

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Portknockie
12 Feb 2010 - 11:34 AM

Beautiful colours and your bird is a redpoll...I'v never had one in the garden ....

Don

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