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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 18:56   #1
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Rainham Marsh. UK

Hi All

Had a good day at Rainham today, the highlight being seeing a Peregrine on the tail of a Pigeon. Too fast to catch with my camera though. Could do with some help with these two please: I think I have a Linnet and a Redshank?
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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 19:01   #2
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Looks like a snowy owl in a blizzard... unless you've forgotten to attach the pics
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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 19:02   #3
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Sorry had trouble attaching the pictures.
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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 19:05   #4
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Linnet and Redshank indeed, and I was there myself today so might have seen you around!
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Thanks BirdBoyBen, had a good day there, still at the stage where 'common' birds are new to me.
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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 19:10   #6
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The Linnets are still confusing to the more experienced birder as they look like the much rarer Twite at this time of year, so don't worry!
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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 19:41   #7
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Is the second bird a Linnet ? I see a dark bib , streaked flanks and dark moustache , not classic linnet features. bunting perhaps , reed possibly. It would be nice to see a second photo.
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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 19:47   #8
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Looks like a Linnet to me. No similar Bunting would have this grey head.
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I think the contrasting grey head and brown mantle rule out reed bunting, though I can sort of see where your coming from with the apparent moustache and flank streaking. A trick of the light maybe? Redshank in breeding plumage and Male linnet for me also.
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Redshank for sure, and looks like a linnet to me (definitely not a reed bunting)
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Thanks everyone. That was the best shot of the 'Linnet' but have this also if it helps to clarify things: same bird different position.
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It is a Linnet
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Maybe its the colour presentation on my PC , but on my screen the bird in the first photo has a brown , not grey head. But clearly the much better second photo shows a linnet.
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linnet it is.
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Thanks for all the input Everyone, I've settled on a Linnet seeing as that seems to be the general consensus.
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