Suffolk snowball twitch.

Suffolk twitch-Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll.

This stunning rarity was found at the weekend and I was able to get over yesterday.Very rare,infact only the second mainland record,I believe.Most records come from the Shetlands.Regular readers may recall my frustration at dipping out on one that gave us the run around all week,during my holiday to the islands back in Oct,so it was with double satisfaction that I connected with this bird.

It gave itself up to birders and photographers,approachable to just a couple of metres,totally unconcerned with all the attention,it just carried on stuffing it’s beak with seeds.

P1030371P1030370Above pic shows the undertail feathers wrapping right underneath giving the bird it’s snowball look.

Below pic,notice absence of any undertail streak.

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