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Citril finch? Pyrenees, near Banos de Panticosa

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Old Sunday 5th August 2018, 10:52   #1
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Citril finch? Pyrenees, near Banos de Panticosa

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Picture attached. My best guess is a citril finch. Can anyone confirm this?

I saw a small flock of them a few days ago in trees at about 2000m above sea level. Voice: high pitched, regular tseep. Black patch visible on throat when emitting this noise. Flight in undulating bursts.

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Old Sunday 5th August 2018, 11:15   #2
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Looks correct to me. Nice bird.
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Old Sunday 5th August 2018, 22:07   #3
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Thank you Valéry.
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Deffo... surprisingly can go unnoticed when feeding on ground...
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Thanks Rosbifs. While we're here, and since you live in the area... I did a circular hike from Cauterets into Spain and back. All along my route, up in the high valleys, there were lots of black redstarts, and even more little greyish brown birds, perching in very visible places, and with a white patch on the tail visible only when in flight. Were these wheatears? They didn't look as distinctive as other wheatears I've seen, but maybe they're in autumn plumage already? I could post some poor quality photos of these, but given how many of them there were, I'm guessing you probably know what birds I'm talking about.
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Thanks Rosbifs. While we're here, and since you live in the area... I did a circular hike from Cauterets into Spain and back. All along my route, up in the high valleys, there were lots of black redstarts, and even more little greyish brown birds, perching in very visible places, and with a white patch on the tail visible only when in flight. Were these wheatears? They didn't look as distinctive as other wheatears I've seen, but maybe they're in autumn plumage already? I could post some poor quality photos of these, but given how many of them there were, I'm guessing you probably know what birds I'm talking about.
You should post those photos, it's always good to have some visual to work on. Were the birds perching on the ground, e.g. on rocks (as opposed to trees or bushes)? That's what wheatears usually do.
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Sure! They were perching on rocks and on the ground, not in trees. Here are a few pictures.
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Sure! They were perching on rocks and on the ground, not in trees. Here are a few pictures.
1 - Northern Wheatear
2 - blurry something
3 - Water Pipit
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1 - Northern Wheatear
2 - blurry something
3 - Water Pipit
I'd agree with that.
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Aha! Thanks Nutcracker. I was wondering whether the third picture was a different species. (I think the second picture is of the same individual as the first.)
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Missed the second part of this - yes the first two are wheatear and the third water pipit...
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