|Shite photos but standard lesser redpolls|
With this new evidence I have to say my gut instinct of it being a mealy is as strong as ever, even after all I've read on ID, the bill size, general structure and overall size are just too good to ignore. But unless the perp returns to the scene of the crime and I can get him bang to rights I'm afraid that's as far as I can take it.
Re-trial ends with an Open Verdict
With all this going on I almost neglected to say I got the Blaydon Waxwing this morning, feeding on the rowan tree between the two garages . A bit of a tick and run in the murky Blaydon high street but great to see all the same as I didn't see one at all in 2013 and thought my chance had gone for this season :-)
Lovely bird the waxwing, one of the few birds I'll go out of my way to see these days. And with plenty of berries still to be had, may stick around for the weekend.
Then back home this afternoon, within the space of a few minutes I had both a chiffchaff then a cracking male reed bunting in the garden, sadly neither of which stuck around for obligatory blurred mugshot through the double-glazing.
|No chiffy or reed bunt but I did manage a shite shot|
of the brambling again.
Not a bad day all in all :-)