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Medium sized finch (12 - 13.5 cm). Unmistakable with its red face, black hood and white cheeks. Body, a soft dark buff on the back and upper rump, breast is white with a light brown crescent and flanks. lower rump is white going to a black tail with white spots. Wings are also black with white tips to the flight feathers and a broad yellow wing bar. The bill is pale and is long and pointed for a finch.
A common bird in the UK and most of western Europe. This little guy was part of a feeding flock of about a dozen goldfinches feeding in alder trees in the RSPB reserve at Radipole Lake in the town of Weymouth in southern England.
I have more often seen these birds feeding on thistle and burdock near the ground so was delighted to find them in these small alders on a cold winters morning. They certainly brightened the place up!
Spotted on Jan 2, 2019
Submitted on Jan 19, 2019
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