New garden visitors

Whilst the preparation for the usual wonderful christmas dinner was taking place around 1pm when I was distributing the pressies I witnessed a massive influx of small finches in and around my back garden feeders and bordering trees.

Around 20 Long Tailed Tits were at the bottom my garden, at my feeders were a dozen or so Blue and Great Tits, 20 odd Goldies, half a dozen Chaffinches, 2 Robins and a real christmas day bonus of 3 possibly 4 Lesser Redpolls – a new species for my garden 😉

Upon looking more closely at the patchy images I took through the double glazing I saw that 2 of the Redpolls looked different in both colouration and size whilst on the same niger seed feeder, WOW not a Common (Mealy) was it with the Lesser? I am not sure but to me the bird seen on the right in the 2 images below looks larger, paler in colour and also has less red markings, more orangey on its cap!

Please do take a look and let me know what you think? If it is a Common is this a rare occurance or not? I will be looking like a hawk in the garden tomorrow in the hope the birds come back and may even set up my one man bird hide just in case 🙂

I look forward to your thoughts people, below are the best images from today!

Lesser Redpoll?
Lesser Redpoll?
Common (Mealy) Redpoll?
Lesser on left? Common on right?
Lesser on left? Common on right? Look at body colour differences, size differences and cap colouration differences?


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