Just seen a bird that looks similar to this image of a twite.
But I can't imagine it was. I'm in South West Wales. I was walking along a heath/moor type landscape with a lake and lots of heather type flora all around. It flew onto a branch a meter away from me so I got an incredibly good look at it up close. Fat and small, sparrow sized. A finch like light yellow beak, a buff/brown colour all over with lots of fine light brown / grey stripes running from the head all through the body. Very faint lines, lots of them all over. Like the image of a Twite above, but not like the videos of a twite I have seen.
It flew off in front of me and had a black tail with white either side of the tail feathers, which is more chaffinch like. I know chaffinches, and this didn't seem like one at all as it had no distinguishing patterns on the face, apart from all the fine grey/light brown stripes.
It might have been a redpoll of sorts, or a linnet? - but it had no red at all. More of a yellowy appearance.
The area doesn't seem right for a twite.
Could it have been a Reed Bunting?
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Could it have been a female house/tree sparrow?
In reply to Alan.:
very close - something like that! a love child between a reed bunting and a twite.
It had very faint, light coloured lines - none of these birds have that. Thanks for the suggestion - maybe makes more sense because of the geography!
In reply to some3012:
no - although I'd love to see a tree sparrow. But it had lines all over its body. Thanks for the suggestion !
Others may have another suggestion but the only other thing I can think of is a female Linnet.
Another suggestion 'Dunnock'?
IMO, it is skylark. The fact you described it as "fat and small, sparrow sized" is the main give away. Other comments like, "light yellow beak" and "black tail with white either side" reinforce it as being a skylark.
Hi Alan - I've seen some other images of reed bunting - and it some drawings it looks really like it.
In reply to Robbo:
thanks Robbo - it might be. It was quite small and round, and some images do show the skylark to look like that. The tail is the most similar match
yes that could definitely be a contender!
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