Attention Twitchers/Birders

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  1. funflair

    funflair Funster Life Member

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    Saw two of these on the bird feeders today Mr and Mrs I think we know what they are but a second opinion please.

    The slight crest is just the wind.

    Martin

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    They look like waxwings to me Martin:xwink:
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    Second that
     
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    looks like a Redpoll, which are seed eaters, waxwings have a yellow tip to the tail and are berry eater. Could be wrong of course.
     
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    Redpoll Doesn't have a tuffty head although OP does say wind making crest so a chance it is a Redpoll
     
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    Redpoll - but is it the normal one, the mealy or common redpoll or the recently "identified" lesser redpoll? My guess due to the lack of streaking is a common/mealy. It will be a visitor from Scandinavia.

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverande...earn/birdguide/name/m/mealyredpoll/index.aspx

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdguide/name/l/lesserredpoll/

    A Waxwing is a very different and striking critter. I've only seen them once, when I lived in the north.

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdguide/name/w/waxwing/index.aspx
     
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    Redpoll if the tuft is from the wind

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    The waxwing has more yellow on it I think.
     
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    I second Wildman, it's a Redpoll with the wind in it's hair. It's nuffink like a waxwing.....

    A waxwing
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    Thanks guys deffo not a Waxwing, and yes the crest is the wind I had it down as a linnet which I believe is very similar to Mealy Redpoll but I am now tempted by the Mealy Redpoll as the Mrs also had the red crown and I dont think the Mrs Linnet does, we are East Coast so all seems to fit. Whatever it is its the first time we have seen them so will keep a watch and try to get better pictures, dont know if this helps.
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    Martin
     
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    I will never make a twitcher:xrofl::xrofl:
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    After researching further the Waxwing is Starling sized so quite a bit bigger than the Redpoll or Linnet, I agree Mealy Redpoll wins.
    GOOD SPOT.:xThumb:
     
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    its a budgie ya daft lot:xrofl:
     
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