Category Archives: Finches, Buntings & Sparrows

White Gold

Jeff Davies has had this leucistic Goldfinch visit his Easton on the Hill garden recently. A striking bird which follows hot on the heels of the white House Sparrow Jeff recorded in the same place last year. Something in the water … Continue reading

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White Stuff

Albino House Sparrow – or at least a white one, anyway. It appears not to have pink eyes but this juvenile is from a small colony at Easton on the Hill. Comparatively rare but not without precedent. Many thanks to … Continue reading

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Daventry Snowbie

Snow Bunting, Daventry Country Park, 3rd April. A great find by Gary Pullan. This species has become rather erratic in its appearances in Northants over the past few years and now seems to be appearing here less frequently than it … Continue reading

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Redpoll ‘Lite’

Following the occurrence of a pale redpoll sp. (Mealy or Lesser) in my garden recently, Neil McMahon offered to come along and set up his mist-nets in an attempt to trap and identify the bird. If he didn’t trap it … Continue reading

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A not so Mealy Redpoll

February is ‘Redpoll and Siskin time’ and every year I find the numbers visiting my feeders build throughout the month. At present up to two dozen Siskins and twelve Lesser Redpolls, along with Greenfinches, Goldfinches and Bullfinches, are emptying the … Continue reading

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Mealy Redpolls at Summer Leys

Earlier this week, Doug Goddard captured images of two Mealy Redpolls feeding on seed heads close to Mary’s Lake, adjacent to Summer Leys LNR. This species can often be tricky to identify as both Lesser and Mealy Redpolls can vary … Continue reading

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What the … ??!!! The answer.

Referring to What the … !!!?? posted on 29th October. When I first saw the image below I was initially intrigued. It looked kind of familiar, of course, but the pink upper breast and light streaking reminded me of Linnet, … Continue reading

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