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Mystery bird

Can anyone tell me the name of this bird which has been in my garden for the last few days. It is one of a pair, they fly in quite regularly. the second one disappears into the hedge, possibly making a nest. Thanks.
Picture added on 10 May 2010 at 23:13
Looks a bit like a 'Common Redstart'?
Added by John McCaig on 11 May 2010
That is a very fine Linnet you have there Iain. I am lucky to have a flock of them in my garden - they seem addicted to seed I buy from Wm. Shearer called Fruity Songster.
Added by Max Fletcher on 11 May 2010
It's a Linnet Iain. I can't see any red on its forehead but there surely must be some. So it's the male. The pair almost certainly are nesting in your hedge. For a few years in succession, a pair tried to nest in my hedge, but neighbourhood cats always got the young before they fledged. Any way you could protect your hedge from cats without disturbing the linnets?
Added by Ian Hourston on 11 May 2010
I think that it is a Linnet.
Added by Margaret Hourston on 11 May 2010
I'm no an expert, Skip, but I think that looks like a chaffinch. Likely wrong, though!
Added by Graham Garson on 11 May 2010
Iain, the bird is a male linnet.
Added by Colin Corse on 11 May 2010
I think it is a Linnet
Added by Margaret Hourston on 11 May 2010
Looks like a linnet to me.
Added by Bob Trigg (Rousay) on 12 May 2010
It looks like a female linnet, the male has a red patch on it's head.
Added by PRICE SINCLAIR on 12 May 2010
Thanks for all the replies. Eventally found it in the bird book - definately a pair of linnets

Added by IM on 14 May 2010
By the way you've worded your last response, Iain, it's a good job they weren't tits!
Added by Graham Garson on 17 May 2010
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