Monday, February 07, 2011

The Daddy !

There is no doubt about the latest bird to be caught, a classic first winter male Common Redpoll! This bird had a wing of 76mm and was considerably bulkier than an accompanying Lesser Redpoll. Its wings bars and tertails are broadly tipped white and its rump bleads white on to the lower back and flanks. The single undertail covert streak constitutes the only mark visible on the lower underside of the bird. If they were all as easy as this one !

1 comment:

Paul said...

Hi Mark

A very interesting and educational series of images. I have had 3 redpoll in my garden this year which have all been lesser. Had a long-winged chaffinch and a heavy greenfinch yesterday so birds may be on the move already.