Hi Sally, very interesting. This is the second post about a bird with an orange crown, only that was a Great Tit
Are you in the UK or somewhere overseas.
First of all it's a juvenile of some sort because in the second photo you can see the yellow flanges at the corner of its beak. My guess is that it's a juvenile House Sparrow but I wouldn't put any money on it.
As you will see from the the other thread there were two theories.
Those are my thoughts but perhaps others can better suggestions.
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In reply to TeeJay:
We were in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.
i thought the beak would indicate some sort of finch but I’m very new to bird watching so may be wrong.
We saw this bird eating the plant in the photo but we also saw a small flock of three birds on the rocky shore which were all the same which might contradict the two theories suggested unless the loss of pigment is because they’re family I guess?
Grateful for any more suggestions....
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