I saw this bird this afternoon on the waterfall and assumed it was a Greenfinch but after downloading the photos and looking through my books it looks like a Crossbill - perhaps juvenile. Is this wishful thinking and results of heatstroke I have as I wouldn't expect to see one in the garden LOL any help much appreciated.
What a beautiful greenfinch, Hazy! It's got an overgrown beak which suggests a crossbill - I had to look a few times.
EDIT .............looked a few more times and I'm wondering if I've just made a complete plonker of myself. Could someone knowledgeable have a look, please?????
Hi Hazel, have had a look about, certainly has that cross bill and the female is green/brown in colour, not sure though.
Thanks so much for your input folks which is much appreciated; I still have it as a juvenile Crossbill so will wait for more opinions on this bird - or think it was birds as one I think flew off as you can see just before I took the last photo; I really hope it is a new record and an unusual one for our garden ! Post edit: I have just done a bit more research and it appears that have been reports in the past of the Crossbill breeding about 10 miles away from us, article HERE
Apart from the bill,which I think is deformed, very little else suggests Crossbill to me but I would love to be proved wrong as a Crossbill is a good garden tick for anybody. We spent a lot of time a couple of weeks ago in the Abernethy Forest region watching both Common and Scottish/Parrot Crossbills and their total stance and jizz just seemed so different to this bird.
I think its a juvenile Crossbill too Hazy.
Nice garden tick,well done :)
Thanks also to Pete and BamBam for your thoughts on this one; it's proving a controversial little bird/s lol I'll leave this post open for others to have their say as I'd still love to know for certain or I won't get any sleep LOL
I'm off to Silverale (Leighton Moss) shortly so will have to catch up on this one when I get an internet connection. Thanks again for all your replies.
Juvenile Crossbill for me. :-)
Another crossbill vote from me.
Juve' Crossbill, see here. www.google.co.uk/search;tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=gUidTkzmyfKYEM%253A%252CyoVj11zVrn1a-M%252C_&usg=__yRQJuWr_cdcAX6832EAfu-cExJo%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjhgKmhl-zbAhVM4IMKHfvSAIwQ9QEILTAB#imgrc=gUidTkzmyfKYEM:
Many thanks all & yes I’ve had confirmation also from my rspb pal at LM. I’m so thrilled & nice birds to have visit garden.
Once again I really appreciate all your input folks.
A very good find in the garden!
Glad I was wrong on this one Hazel,a smashing bird for your garden list and I must learn to look at juveniles more closely.Enjoy your visit to the Moss due to loads of commitments and excuses we still have not visited this year yet.
Morning folks, just using mobile at moment so not easiest way of replying. @ Pete, no worries as I was really grateful for your reply & all input & appreciate all responses. Yesterday I got photos of a juvenile Cettis Warbler in full view & also saw adult. I will update tnite when I get back from reserve. Alan, Mc, Jim r already on reserve so I better get my skates on lol. Nigel arrived yday & we’ll c Ann & hubby tmrro - we’re all having a great time.
Hope u r all enjoying heatwave but stay safe in the sun. Catch ya’ll later.
I was sat in Grisdale hide at 5.30am and its been a hot one again today, did not see anything after you left the towere only a few Egrets and a Harrier at long disstance so came back at 5pm.