As for the winter finches, there was also a small flock of lesser redpolls that were enjoying the sunflower hearts.
A few shots of lesser redpolls looking beautiful.
One of the redpolls stood out, however, not only because it seemed to be the only one that was not interested in the sunflower seed: a probable common (or mealy) redpoll. It was noticeably larger and paler than the other redpolls, looked chunky with a "bull neck", a white rump and white wing bars. I did find a mealy redpoll there before, about three years ago, they're fairly rare so it was a lovely surprise especially as the redpoll flock is still small. The bird would only sit on the nyger seed feeder rather than pose on the nicer perches - but I'm not complaining (well, maybe a little bit).
Little and large...well, large and little. Mealy on the left.
Looking chunky next to the lesser redpoll.
Pretty bird. Is there a little bit of red showing on its chest? Maybe a first winter male?
A great bird to see. It was also good to meet David Gardiner who had driven all the way from Battle to visit Warnham LNR!