Saturday 1 October 2011

More of the Arctic-type Redpoll

What's not to like? Note the flank streaking, but also the clean white undertail coverts with only a thin central line. Mystery bird! You can click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

It looks very snowball-like in this photo in the shade. On a view like this you would easily convice yourself it had Arctic heritage!!

The pure white portion of the rump is actually quite narrow, there is significant streaking moving into the rump from the top and bottom.

Doesn't it look different in this shot? Much darker.

In sunlight, the bird took on a very milky appearance, like really weak coffee. This was more of a tan and white coloured bird than a grey and white one.

A large red forehead, very nice.

So is the bill small, or large? Or inbetween?

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