Chaffinch 18 snow
Forest of Dean. February 2009.
Bullfinch 04 bw
Forest of Dean Arboretum. March
Lesser Redpoll 12 crop Lesser Redpoll 08 crop
are very timid and flighty birds so a lot of patience was
required to get them on film. The subspecies, or race,
"Lesser" Redpoll was until recently classed as a species
in its own right. They are nearly always accompanied
by the subspecies "Mealy" Redpoll, but to tell the
difference in the field is quite a challenge.
The left photo is a Lesser Redpoll
feeding on Mugwort at Rye Meads RSPB reserve
(Hertfordshire) in November 2012. The right photo
is from the Forest of Dean in the summer of 2009.
Twite 1 (S)
Cardeulis flavirostris (C) (S)
An easily overlooked finch that breed
on higher ground, typically heather moorland. They
like to perch on fences, as seen here, and often are found
in flocks during winter. This is a breeding bird photographed
in Oban, Scotland.
A bird that appears to becoming scarcer?
Goldfinch 14 crop
Goldfinch are shy birds and it's taken
a few years of patience for me to get good shots of them.
Linnet Flock 01
This top photo is from the Forest
of Dean in late July. In summer the birds stay in
pairs for breeding. By the winter the linnets congregate
into flocks. The lower photo only captures a small
portion of the total flock of maybe a thousand or more linnets.
Linnets are typically gregarious outside of the breeding
season and congregate in open country. They are often
depicted in bird guides as flocks in the snow but the reality
of this has become very rare. This picture perhaps
captures a memory of those winter flocks.
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