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Old 5th June 2012, 04:24 PM   #1
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We live in Leicester- not far out of town; have a large-ish garden and have had some sightings of birds we didn't recognise until we looked them up [ a flock of tiny Goldcrests; 2 kinds of woodpecker] and we have just seen what we think is a redstart.

It is bigger than a robin and VERY red; was bobbing about in a bush for ages but flew off when we tried to get a better look at it. Not sure it was a redstart- can anyone suggest what else it can be?

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Old 5th June 2012, 06:05 PM   #2
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Hiya TS: Did the bird look anything like the birds on the following link?
http://www.digital-nature-photograph...art-photos.php
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Old 5th June 2012, 06:56 PM   #3
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Hi Tilly.

Could it have been a male bullfinch. See the pics on the link Gandalf provided. Bulfinches are about the same size as a robin however.
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Old 5th June 2012, 10:07 PM   #4
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Hi Both,

Pretty sure it wasn't a bullfinch [ I think I know bullfinch]; but it was redder than pics of redstarts we have seen on link and in bird books. Bigger than a robin- longer and larger area of red on breast. It looks more like a brambling, but in winter colours and we have only seen it at a distance and a quick sighting on our bird feeder[full of meal worms]
Am going to be in garden as early as possible tomorrow and see if I can get a pic of it- garden big and camera wouldnt focus on it.
Thank you and sorry for late reply. Not very IT literate; if I do get a picture I will try [dont hold breath] to post it.

Thanks again,
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Old 6th June 2012, 10:02 AM   #5
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Hi Both,

Pretty sure it wasn't a bullfinch [ I think I know bullfinch]; but it was redder than pics of redstarts we have seen on link and in bird books. Bigger than a robin- longer and larger area of red on breast. It looks more like a brambling, but in winter colours and we have only seen it at a distance and a quick sighting on our bird feeder[full of meal worms]
Am going to be in garden as early as possible tomorrow and see if I can get a pic of it- garden big and camera wouldnt focus on it.
Thank you and sorry for late reply. Not very IT literate; if I do get a picture I will try [dont hold breath] to post it.

Thanks again,
Tilly S
If you do manage to get a photo, let us know on here and we'll walk you through the required steps to post it on here.

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Old 7th June 2012, 10:35 AM   #6
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If you do manage to get a photo, let us know on here and we'll walk you through the required steps to post it on here.

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Welcome Tilly

We love photos.

Yes, a photo will do the trick and it will help us ID the bird you are talking about.

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Old 18th June 2012, 06:12 PM   #7
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Hello Tilly , I'm not sure where in Leicester you live but my parents and aunt live in oadby and have both seen exactly what you are describing, I have looked in all of my books and there isn't anything bigger than a redstart that looks like it. Have you had any luck with taking photos ?
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Old 12th July 2012, 09:30 PM   #8
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Hi, Tilly - You could try going through the RSPB's very comprehensive guide to British birds, alphabetically listed, on http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name. I think it covers all birds you would usually see in this country.
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Old 24th August 2012, 05:45 AM   #9
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Hi dear! I am new too and hoping to have a good time and conversation on wildlife.
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