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Do you get Snow Finches in the Cairngorms?
by Jambo235 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:53 am
by Ian Johnston » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:17 am
Snow Buntings (Plectropenax nivalis do breed in small numbers on the high Cairngorm tops, but Snow Finches are (as far as i can tell) confined to the high alpine regions of central Europe. Difficult to tell from the photo, but these might be juvenile and/or moulting adult Snow Buntings - di you notice a white wing bar on either of them?
by Caberfeidh » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:49 pm
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by Gavin99 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:45 pm
by Jambo235 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:34 pm
The picture of the juvenile does look very similar to one of the birds I saw. The one I've labelled as Male did have a notably grey head with a brown body - maybe it was just going through some weird plumage change as I guess its getting to that time of year.
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