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Old Wednesday 20th February 2019, 20:10   #1
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Highlands ID help please...

Hi folks I took this still shot from a short video at Loch Morlich in the Highlands on the 27th January this year, whilst I'm trying to improve my ID'ing skills I think this may be one of two but not 100%. I think it could be a Siskin or a Yellowhammer but not sure...can anyone help please?
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Old Wednesday 20th February 2019, 20:11   #2
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Thankyou very much Earnest Lad....much appreciated....I thought it was likely as the Yellowhammer appears to be more scarce. Thanks again for such a quick response.....
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Habitat is a big clue here as well. Yellowhammer is a bird of open farmland - though they do come into gardens in hard weather. Siskin is a woodland bird.
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Ditto to Sisikin; a male from the black crown and brightness of the yellow-green
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Habitat is a big clue here as well. Yellowhammer is a bird of open farmland - though they do come into gardens in hard weather. Siskin is a woodland bird.
Apologies I should have mentioned the surrounding area as well. The edge of Loch Morlich is surrounded by Forrest of all types of trees and is situated at the base of Mount Cairngorm.

Thanks very much for your comment ryckfour and for clarifying the open farmland I hadn't realised or considered that (I've a lot to learn) ...many thanks.
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Ditto to Sisikin; a male from the black crown and brightness of the yellow-green

Thanks Nutcracker.....id never seen one before. It was such a bold little bird. I couldn't upload the 7 second video I took of the bird as the file is not compatible, so just took a still on my iPad from the footage. it was such a busy little bird, very active and having read more about the Siskin I undertand this is its nature/ usual behaviour. It was quite the acrobat!
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yes, the behaviour is also a clue, I have never seen yellowhammers perform that sort of acrobatics...
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yes, the behaviour is also a clue, I have never seen yellowhammers perform that sort of acrobatics...
Very good point Joern....thankyou
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