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No idea: is it just a sparrow?

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Old Saturday 2nd March 2019, 13:14   #1
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No idea: is it just a sparrow?

This bird is puzzling me. I am sure it is quite common but I can't seem to identify it with my RSPB handbook. About the size of a great tit or sparrow.
Can anyone recommend a better reference book, as well?

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Old Saturday 2nd March 2019, 13:16   #2
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A female chaffinch. The RSPB Handbook should be adequate though you can never have enough books; for many the Collins guide is essential for identification of British and European birds.

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Old Saturday 2nd March 2019, 13:40   #3
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A female chaffinch. The RSPB Handbook should be adequate though you can never have enough books; for many the Collins guide is essential for identification of British and European birds.
Thanks a lot. I figured it was a common bird. Just never photographed one before. I'll have to check out the Collins Guide. Now I look at it, I can see the likeness in the RSPB handbook. Must remember to check both genders carefully in future.

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I think that for beginners female House Sparrow and female Chaffinch may look very much alike but this problem seems not be recognized by your birding mentors - I also had to figure them out on my own. You will soon learn to tell them apart by posture and hue. Photos and videos where both species are together at a birdfeeder will help a lot. Some female Greenfinches may also be quite grey; once a saw a photo where all three females stood next to each other and it was wing markings that told them apart the best.
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