June 28th, 2009, 08:02 PM
Bird ID - stumped my wife
We think its some kind of finch but the little crest on its head has us confused ... there's only one of him/her around. Its about the same size as a freenfich - but very slightly larger.
We have plenty of chaffinches, dunnocks, greenfinches, goldfinches, robins, nuthatches, blue tits, great tits, cold tits, marsh tits, jays (five at a time), greater spotted woodpeckers (mother and two young) but we're not sure of this chap.
It'll turn out to be a scruffy juvenile something I am sure
Thank you for your help !
June 28th, 2009, 08:11 PM
June 28th, 2009, 08:23 PM
Hello Graham (and welcome to the forum),
André is probably correct, but there is something strange (can't exactly say why) about this bird. Where and when were the photos taken?
June 28th, 2009, 08:34 PM
The picture was taken a couple days ago - we're in Hampshire, England and the area behind us is woodland.
We thought 'chaffinch' as well but its legs seemed longer and lighter coloured than the others and is has a clear crest on its head which the others do not.
June 28th, 2009, 09:53 PM
Definitely a Chaffinch,but something is odd...the second wing bar doesnt look right and it does appear long legged.
Could be a juv...or the victim of a run in with a predator?
June 28th, 2009, 10:05 PM
hi graham, welcome, interesting chaffinch, never seen anything like this in all the chaffiches i have seen. When I first looked, i got the impression it had just become "shaggy" during the breeding period, or as shearwater says, the aftermath of a run in with a predator.
June 29th, 2009, 12:43 AM
Really can't see what the issue is here. It's a Chaffinch, a juvenile by the look of it (sleek, pale, small-headed, slightly lanky looking). A couple of the greater coverts are out of place, hence the wingbar effect, but it's just a couple of ruffled feathers. It also has its crown raised, which is nothing unusual.
I can't see anything 'unusual' about it at all.
June 29th, 2009, 09:00 AM
Apart from the ruffled crown, looks just like several juvenile chaffinches in my garden at the moment.
June 29th, 2009, 08:42 PM
Thanks all for the answers. Little blighter is hiding now the weather is hot !