E.J.Wilkins

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Redpoll & Siskin

Two Redpolls and a Siskin

Enjoying a feast of niger seed in a feeder at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust's reserve at Blashford Lakes are two (possibly three) beautiful Redpoll. Above them and with its' back to the camera is a brightly coloured Siskin (Carduelis spinus).

 

Not having seen Redpolls before I'm a bit confused by some of the online identification. The Wikipedia pictures, for example, seem to show almost identical pictures for different subspecies (here) and (here) but I'm guessing these are the Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) rather than the red listed Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret)

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Redpoll & Siskin

Two Redpolls and a Siskin

Enjoying a feast of niger seed in a feeder at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust's reserve at Blashford Lakes are two (possibly three) beautiful Redpoll. Above them and with its' back to the camera is a brightly coloured Siskin (Carduelis spinus).

 

Not having seen Redpolls before I'm a bit confused by some of the online identification. The Wikipedia pictures, for example, seem to show almost identical pictures for different subspecies (here) and (here) but I'm guessing these are the Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) rather than the red listed Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret)

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comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Sep 2010, 00:41
You are kidding, Eejay...these are common European cock-sparrows and you have photoshopped a red splotch on their heads!


[grin]
EJWilkins: They do look as if they've been got at with a paintbrush!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Sep 2010, 06:25
A lovely picture Ellie: I think your identification is correct
EJWilkins: Good oh! I was rather relying on your knowledge and experience.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Sep 2010, 08:26
Great photograph, the one on the right seems to have a lot to say ;o)
EJWilkins: And it's talking with its mouth full!
My first impression was ordinary sparrow with a red ID or tracking mark on their heads. So did Ray, smile Oh well, I admit I know almost nothing about birds, but I do know its a smashing photo.
EJWilkins: If I remember to, I'll upload some other pictures I took that day of the same species of bird with very red feathers. THey were absolutely gorgeous.
Beautiful image, Ellie. Great colour and detail. I was quite impressed with Blashford Lakes - went there for the first time a few weeks ago. (:o)
EJWilkins: I learned to get there earlier in the day, and make sure it isn't too overcast because it was so dark inside the hides. Nice place though, well worth going back to. Have you been to Testwood Lakes?
It always amuses me how little birdies patiently wait their turn.
EJWilkins: They do seem to, sometimes, don't they.
  • Shaun
  • Turkey
  • 28 Sep 2010, 10:45
Excellent photography. Great subject and color. Congratulations.
EJWilkins: Thanks. On a dull and gloomy day it was hard to get a half-decent picture, so I was pleased with this one.
Chad must have more civilised birds than we do. Ours squabble over the feeders!
EJWilkins: Some of ours do, some don't. I've found that the Goldfinches are the most civilized, whereas the Blue Tits always seem to be on the move.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 28 Sep 2010, 11:31
Great capture
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
Soon enough I will be filling the bird feeders and watching redpolls and goldfinches. I am not familiar with this siskin but it looks similar to a goldfinch. We have pine siskins that are brown and similar to redpolls.
EJWilkins: The siskin looks more like an over-coloured greenfinch, but a bit smaller. I look forward to seeing some of your pictures Mary, especially of species I wouldn't normally see for myself. It'll be a real treat smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Sep 2010, 11:56
a fine- peaceful togetherness of four birds! Lol at Blackdog! Beautiful capture! Maybe, I had chosen a greenish background? I very like your careful- responsible research about all the 'things' you are posting! In German the redpoll is the Birkenzeisig, here its twittering:http://home.eduhi.at/teacher/werner/biotop/birkenzeisig.htm- the Zeisig is oftener mentioned in our poetry!
EJWilkins: It is nice to see more than one variety of bird on a feeder, and it's because of this that we bought some new ones for our own garden. Within a couple of days we had goldfinches, which we'd never seen in our garden before. It's such a treat when we watch them eating.
I could easily confuse those with sparrows. I guess I have to start paying more attention to what I would think are common sparrows, and maybe I will see these gorgeous little birds myself!!!
EJWilkins: If you had these next to sparrows I think you'd notice a difference in size, the colour really does stand out too.
A delightful shot Ellie. Going by a book I have got they llok to be the common species. The book, BTW, is Collins Complete British Wildlife Photoguide, the technical number is 0 583 33638 8 if you should want to buy it. It is a very simple but good book covering just about anything you will see in the British countryside.
EJWilkins: I'll look that book up Brian, thanks so much for the tip. My 'best' bird book is rather large and is now rather ancient and probably out of date. It does, for example, suggest that Egrets are rare visitors.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Sep 2010, 13:50
What a great capture, love the background as well.
EJWilkins: The muted background was leafless trees quite some distance behind the feeder. I like it when it turns out that way, it seems to show the foreground detail so much better.
  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Sep 2010, 21:01
wow this is a real beauty Ellie. this sould be in a birdwatchers magazine.
EJWilkins: I wish! Trouble is there are far better pictures of these beautiful birds on the 'net, and they'd be chosen way before this one.
wonderful capture, the detail is so clear
Lots of nice detail in this.
"Belle image", I love the framing on the right, I also like the colours. A+ VAL smile
Wonderful : Bravissimo !
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Nov 2010, 23:23
super shot Ellie, could not be better. mal

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