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Old Monday 1st February 2010, 11:30   #1
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This bird was at my garden feeder on 31/01/2010, Scotland. UK. Any suggestions? Could it be an escapee finch from an aviary? It flew away very energetically with bouncy flight. If it is an indoor aviary finch then it displayed no signs of hardship in the cold. You can get a decent look at it if you zoom in. Thanks.
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Old Monday 1st February 2010, 11:39   #2
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Can't see any picture, Andrew.
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Old Monday 1st February 2010, 11:40   #3
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Welcome Andrew,
You have probably noticed that your pic is not attached....
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Hi Andrew,

A warm welcome to BirdForum from all the Moderators and Admin. Glad to have you on board

You seem to have missed off the photo. If you are having trouble attaching it let us know.
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Old Monday 1st February 2010, 11:45   #5
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Sorry. I did notice and was uploading a URL instead. Been a while since I did anything like this. Thanks for the warm welcome folks. Andrew.
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Andrew,

Not an obvious escapee, almost looks like a leucistic chaffinch or similar
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could it be a snow bunting?
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could it be a snow bunting?
I had the same thought but then it would have to be a male in summer plumage and the pattern of black and white on the wings doesn't look quite right. I'm in the leucistic Chaffinch camp.
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could it be a snow bunting?
That crossed my mind but it has pink legs and a very light coloured bill and the bird is still a long way off from summer plumage. Great answers folks. Thanks a lot. Fantastic forum.
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Leucistic Chaffy for me..
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