The above pics taken today on Pellon lane by Andy Huyton .The different undertail markings are clear on these two shots. I also went back today to see if i could relocate the bird i saw yesterday it was not present but I did notice that one of the birds present showed the same pattern as the pic above. ?Strongly marked undertail coverts seem to be a feature of Icelndic birds
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Icelandic Redwing ??
Interesting today , I was watching the Waxwings at Lane Head Brighouse , after half an hour or so a flock of Redwing joined them.One of these birds was very dark and immediately stood out , I thought of Icelandic Redwing and tried to remember the main id features, super seemed bright and the breast streaks seemed to cover most of the body its back was also dark . I did not get the dark undertail coverts so will have to leave it for now, but its worth taking a close look at he large number of Redwings feeding along side the large numbers of Waxwings. Any photos would be a help