Bird Watching (UK) - - Id Challenge -

If you thought the pre­vi­ous chal­lenge pho­tos were tough, then you could take this one of two ways: re­lief, that you can see a fair amount of this in­di­vid­ual (par­tic­u­larly the face end); or hor­ror that this is just about as non­de­script as birds get. But even non­de­script birds re­veal key fea­tures, even when bathing! The over­all pro­por­tions are those of a small bird, with a rel­a­tively large head of a small bird (see Bird 3). The very lit­tle, tri­an­gu­lar bill is that of a seedeater, par­tic­u­larly look­ing to be a small-billed finch. In fact, of the small, drab seedeaters, this bird’s bill is even smaller than that of some­thing like a spar­row. The bill is yel­low­ish and the face is plain and buffy-brown with a hint of a pale eye-ring, but no dark bib and no red on the fore­head; this is a Twite.

Key fea­tures

Finch-like shape

Tiny yel­low bill, no black bill

Plain plumage

Hint of ‘peachy’ tone in face

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