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Help please - Top Right a Redpoll?

By MikeA  
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.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: Alan_Baseley, Ridgeway, Wilmot and 17 more

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Ridgeway 12 222 2 Ireland
6 Jan 2010 2:09PM
Nice one,lovely shot,sorry havnt a clue,,


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Wilmot 11 338 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 2:13PM
Yes a Lesser Redpoll
sparrowhawk Plus
10 277 2 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 2:15PM
yes it's a lesser redpoll
saeidNL 9 3 Netherlands
6 Jan 2010 2:23PM
Well taken thanks for sharing it saeid
Adderwatcher 10 60 19 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 2:34PM
Fantastic image, well captured.
MikeA 14 1.3k England
6 Jan 2010 2:34PM
Thanks for your comments and the info Steve and Steve.

6 Jan 2010 2:40PM
Well done. nice shot.yes it is a Male Redpoll.(It's mouth is shut) Smile
casson 13 3 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 3:01PM
Nice shot, it is not a Redpoll it is a Linnet male. Redpoll do not have red breasts.
podgod 15 514 3 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 3:55PM
Have to agree with John, it's a Linnet.
User_Removed 13 16 England
6 Jan 2010 5:15PM
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
tbirdtone 9 2 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 5:22PM
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.
Wilmot 11 338 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 5:24PM
The beak is very different between Redpolls and Linnets Smile
And it is a great shot!
loweswood 14 317 England
6 Jan 2010 5:24PM
I think the yellow beak puts it into the redpoll camp. What a wonderfull sighting on your feeders.
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2010 5:40PM
great catch
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
6 Jan 2010 10:38PM
That is one lovely bird - I've never seen one like that, much less heard the name!
Thanks so much for the mod Mike!

Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
6 Jan 2010 11:55PM
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
RTDS 11 Cyprus
17 Jan 2010 4:24PM
Great capture Mike.
Like this one very much.
Portknockie 15 48 Scotland
12 Feb 2010 11:34AM
Beautiful colours and your bird is a redpoll...I'v never had one in the garden ....


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