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B3B3 Posts: 27,313
I've just seen a flock of birds. They're slightly smaller than a sparrow. They looked like sparrows with black/brown and yellow striped tails and wings. The head wasn't red just brown.
They were on roses and clematis . Dont know if they were after insects or seed heads.
Can anyone ID them?
In London. Keen but lazy.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,871
    Young goldfinches 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • B3B3 Posts: 27,313
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Red mapleRed maple Posts: 1,088
    Yes, I agree, young goldfinches. How lovely!
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,313
    edited August 2019
    They were. I should have realised how young they were. They kept slipping off things😊
    Watched sparrows and crows getting their flying hours in too.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Red mapleRed maple Posts: 1,088
    Young birds are amusing to watch aren't they? We have a lot of young hedge sparrows and starlings coming to our garden with parents near by. They are quite able to feed themselves, but still do the wing fluttering "feed me" posture as soon as Mum or Dad appears with a tasty morsel! 
    We've also got young sparrows still in the nest in our eaves, but they must be about ready to fledge by now.
  • Does anybody recognise this bird? It was feeding on grapes in our garden earlier today (I know, the picture is not great, sorry)


    Surrey
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,313
    Pied wagtail?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Ah, thank you, I was about to report it as a seeing of a black-and-white warbler  :D     
    I thought it was too good to be true  :/  
    Surrey
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,313
    I'm no expert but they're insectivorous mostly. So better see if someone else has ideas too. @Big Blue Sky
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LunarSeaLunarSea Posts: 1,859
    edited November 2023
    B3 said:
    I'm no expert but they're insectivorous mostly. So better see if someone else has ideas too. @Big Blue Sky
    Yes my first instinct on seeing the image was Pied Wagtail.
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