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Hawfinch, Austria. One or two? M or F?

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Old Monday 21st January 2013, 14:17   #1
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Hawfinch, Austria. One or two? M or F?

I got a big surprise when I looked into my camera one morning expecting a Sparrow and got this:
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Taken on the 27th of September, 2012. We didn't see a Hawfinch again until the 3rd of November:
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From then on he has been a regular; easy to spot because of his damaged left wing.
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So my question is, is the first one a different bird, or is it the same one that damaged its wing between the 27th of September and the 3rd of November? Male? Female?

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Old Monday 21st January 2013, 14:46   #2
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They are all of an adult male. The 'damage' on the wing is the'club-shaped' tips to the outer secondary feathers. They would look grey in a female plus the 'face' would be duller / less cleanly marked.

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p.s. If you're talking about the drooping wing then birds often injure the joints in the wing and carry it like the photo shows for a while.

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Old Monday 21st January 2013, 14:48   #3
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Yes, that is what I meant. Sometimes it droops more than other times. He seems quite sociable, though I have only been able to get one shot of him outside and not through the window.
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And one other in a neighbor's tree
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It's a bit like when you pull a muscle and tend to favour that leg / arm for a bit. Jealous of you getting such views and in your garden. Nice photos.

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Dan your close-up head shot is superb!...just imagine that current ''fleshy white'' bill in March/April..morphing into ''gun metal blue''....a truly spectacular species.
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3 great birds for a garden bird-table!
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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 07:16   #7
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3? Seems to me it is all the same bird. Here again for breakfast
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I think he meant the nuthatch and tree sparrow as well.
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Ah....yes! The Nuthatch....big time bully. Sometimes really funny when the feeder is full of sparrows, and he come flying in full bore like a live torpedo and they scatter every which way. I am surprised he didn't chase the Hawfinch away!
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He seems to have been picking at his hurt wing. I haven't seen those smaller feathers sticking out yet.
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