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Old Thursday 18th September 2008, 09:30   #1
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Can you help me ID this bird

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I photographed this bird on 14th August at Vane Farm in Fife in the woodlands.
The bird is at least the size of a blackbird, maybe a little larger.
I keep getting told it's a finch but it is much larger
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Old Thursday 18th September 2008, 09:37   #2
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I'd say juvenile or female Chaffinch

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Old Thursday 18th September 2008, 09:40   #3
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Hi
I photographed this bird on 14th August at Vane Farm in Fife in the woodlands.
The bird is at least the size of a blackbird, maybe a little larger.
I keep getting told it's a finch but it is much larger
It can not be the size of a blackbird compared to the needles and twigs of the tree, as the tree on which it sits is Scots pine (Pinus silvestris). so either you have also mutant monster scots pines and unknown giant finches in Fife , or this is a female chaffinch on a scots pine ...

Correct estimation of size of an unknown bird is one of the most difficult things in birding . we all got it wrong some time already, I guess...
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Old Thursday 18th September 2008, 11:00   #4
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Female/juv Chaffinch.
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Old Thursday 18th September 2008, 11:11   #5
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I think we can narrow this to juvenile. It has that 'small, square-headed' look of a juv, and the primary coverts are quite pale.
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