Category Archives: Finches, Buntings & Sparrows

What the … !!!??

Seen and photographed in Northamptonshire over the weekend! What is it? Have a go at identifying it. Answer (including photographer and location) on Wednesday! 

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Mealy Redpolls in Northants

Ian Pretty has been fortunate in having this cracking male Mealy Redpoll pay frequent visits to his garden in Grange Park over the last ten days or so in company with around twenty Lesser Redpolls. Ian’s photos, below, provide a … Continue reading

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More on ‘Goldpolls’

Following my further attempts to discover the origin of ‘Goldpolls’ Hein Van Grouw (Curator, Bird Group, Department of Zoology at The Natural History Museum, Tring)kindly commented on the Stanford individual as follows:  There is a genetic cause (mutation) known that … Continue reading

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An Interesting Redpoll at Stanford Reservoir

I spent this morning with the Stanford Ringing Group, which is currently enjoying a record year, having ringed more than 5000 birds since January! Ringing totals for most (not all) species have exceeded those of previous years making Stanford one … Continue reading

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Twite delights!

Pitsford causeway provided the stage for a brief, early afternoon performance by a species not seen in Northants since October 2000! Twite – that unassuming upland counterpart of our more familiar Linnet, more uniformly coloured, less white in the wing, … Continue reading

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