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Bird seen in our garden today- no picture, Bromley UK (1 Viewer)

Ev4dawin

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United Kingdom
So an unidentified bird landed on our suet feeder around 12 in the afternoon, and my dad saw it out the window. He described it as:
Predominately brown
A little smaller than a blackbird
When it was holding onto the feeder, it held on like a woodpecker
It had a black line of feathers above its eye on both sides and met at the front of the birds head
It had a slender bill similar to a woodpecker.

I’m not sure if it could’ve been a juvenile woodpecker of some sort, below is a picture of the feeder, it has the RSPB suet balls in it so whatever was eating it seemed to like it.
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Any ideas greatly appreciated.
Ev
 

stevethehydra

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I don't think most people would describe a nuthatch as "predominantly brown". Bluish grey above, kind of peach/salmon/pale orangish below...

Redwing could be a possibility? Yes, it's the white supercilium that would usually be noticeable, but i could imagine it being interpreted as a dark stripe above it on a pale background. Or some odd/moulting plumage of a starling? Non-birders often describe them as resembling woodpeckers due to the head/bill shape.

Or even, if you're very lucky, a Waxwing!? (bill is shorter and I don't think it would usually be described as "slender", but might be the best colour match...)
 

aeshna5

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I don't think most people would describe a nuthatch as "predominantly brown". Bluish grey above, kind of peach/salmon/pale orangish below...

Redwing could be a possibility? Yes, it's the white supercilium that would usually be noticeable, but i could imagine it being interpreted as a dark stripe above it on a pale background. Or some odd/moulting plumage of a starling? Non-birders often describe them as resembling woodpeckers due to the head/bill shape.

Or even, if you're very lucky, a Waxwing!? (bill is shorter and I don't think it would usually be described as "slender", but might be the best colour match...)
Have you ever seen a Redwing on a feeder like a small woodpecker? Pretty implausible I'd have said. Similarly Waxwing & to the best of my knowledge none in south-east England at the moment.

I think Nuthatch is the most likely candidate from the description of behaviour, size& the black line on the face. Colour perception varies from person to person just like when size is described-it is often inaccurate.
 
So an unidentified bird landed on our suet feeder around 12 in the afternoon, and my dad saw it out the window. He described it as:
Predominately brown
A little smaller than a blackbird
When it was holding onto the feeder, it held on like a woodpecker
It had a black line of feathers above its eye on both sides and met at the front of the birds head
It had a slender bill similar to a woodpecker.

I’m not sure if it could’ve been a juvenile woodpecker of some sort, below is a picture of the feeder, it has the RSPB suet balls in it so whatever was eating it seemed to like it.
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Any ideas greatly appreciated.
Ev
Starling?
 

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