Hello, I hope someone can help identify a bird for me. I found this image onthe internet but it wasn't named. I'm sure this is a bird that's been visiting my bird feeder for the last few days. It has a very distinctive orange beak.
try this as a source
I tried the RSPB identifyer and my own garden bird books and drew a blank. Googled Harris's sparrow and that certainly looks like what I've seen - although I can't be sure. I'll have to take to watching the bird feeder with binoculars/camera in hand at every oppurtunity! Any excuse to sit down with a cuppa
Finding it hard to believe a canadian bird could of found its way all the way across the atlantic to my very modest bird feeder!
I've now managed to get a photo of my little bird visitor. I've spoken to some other people and someone suggested it was a Whydah, a bird from Africa. So weather its a Harris sparrow or a whydah its definately not supposed to be in my back garden!
Twitchers are a particular type of ornitholgist (it's not just a generic nickname as so often portrayed in the press and on TV) - they are the ones that will travel hundreds of miles to crowd around for a chance to see an unusual visitor like that.
There are hundreds or thousands of ornitholigists in the UK that could give you a proper ID (I'm not, but I know some), and lots of very serious people who will want to verify it and make a proper record, at which point you may find like Jo47 you are suddenly inundated with people wanting to see it (twitchers).
Well spotted whatever it is!