Topsham Recreation Ground - 13th March 2013
Just a few photos of some of the Redpolls (to be exact Lesser Redpolls Carduelis cabaret)
that have been hanging around the riverside gardens in Topsham over the
last week or two. First an adult male, told by the very pink breast.
next bird is clearly not an adult male, which is probably all that can
be safely be said. It could be either an adult female or a second year
not a great photo but it does show something interesting. The
front/upper bird is obviously an adult male - I think the same as in the
first photo - and the other bird obviously isn't. But look at the
difference in the tail shape. Those very pointed tail feathers very much
suggest a second calendar year bird, i.e. it's been carrying those tail
feathers (more pointed than an adult's to begin with) since fledging
last Summer. The adult's tail feathers will be newer, as well as rounder
tipped to begin with. The situation is complicated as adult Redpolls
have more pointed tail feathers than is typical of other finches. Still,
I think there's a good chance the second bird is a youngster.