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ID Request, North Devon (1 Viewer)

Jack Dawe

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A non-birder friend who is on holiday near Bideford, north Devon sent me this phone pic to identify. She described the bird just as "orange head and speckled breast". I'm stumped. I'm thinking it's a male Chaffinch, but what's with the heavy streaking? It's not caused by tree branches and I don't see how it could be explained away by shadow. I tried enlarging the pic in Topaz Gigapixel (also attached), but there's too little data in the photo for it to help much. Any ideas?
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Probably a pipit, and the camera software has done horrible things to it.
Yes, you're probably right. I have seen Meadow Pipits with slightly pinkish throats before now. My correspondent adds, "I thought it was a young Robin, but it had a very speckled breast". I'm sure we can rule out Robin, but the orange/pink seems to have been real. I must admit my immediate thought was Red-throated Pipit, but that's surely far too fanciful.
 
An intriguing image!
What’s the consensus….is the bird looking right, or face on, or is it looking backwards?
 
An intriguing image!
What’s the consensus….is the bird looking right, or face on, or is it looking backwards?
Hmmm.

I took it to be facing right, with the bill and an eye visible. But the 'bill' continues across the face as a paler line, so maybe that isn't the real bill. The tail is also strangely curved. Probably not to worry too much.

(There is also a mini Peregrine Falcon* in the nook of the branch to its right and a touch higher up ... ;-) )


*(Not a Harpy Eagle imo)
 

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