Originally Posted by Coastman
Flamborough and Aberdeen birds are same individual. It’s plumage is atypical, indicative of captive breeding manipulation, like Canary ‘mules” Here’s an extract from a message I submitted to Flamborough Bird Observatory WhatsApp group the day Dave found the bird. “... the Flambro PBunting appears to be aberrant. It’s mantle colour is chestnut along with some scaps n coverts. Should be green. The back and rump are green. Should be chestnut. Other less obvious anomalies. Its a captive bird. Avicultural art! Sad ☹️“
As pointed out earlier in this thread, the red ringed bird on Orkney near Kirkwall looks pretty normal in plumage, but looks unwell.
Still very impressive for a bird to fly from Flamborough to Aberdeen in such a short time, especially one who for most of its life probably did not have the opportunity to fly any distance at all!