Forum > Identifying Birds > Identify Grey / Light Brown Bird With Dark Red Bar On Shoulder / Wing

Webmaster Posted 23-May-2018 19:58
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On behalf of Edward who sent in an email:-

I first noticed on the ground, at fence of small metal posts. When it noticed me it flew up and perched on a loop in the fence abot 9 feet away, side on. The bird was alone (not part of a flock) It was about the size of a robin (slightly fatter), or finch, small I would have said. It appeared grey or light brown in colour with slight variation. I did notice its tail, legs or beak so that means they were 'normal' . Its striking feature was a dark red (wine-red ?) bar on it shoulder or wing (wings were folded of course). I assume the view would be the same from the other side. Near junction of Severn and Avon (a few miles away) in semi rural or rural England (near a trunk road). Fine sunny and warm; not hot, bird was in the shade 

 Can't find this bird and haven't ever noticed it before. Can you identify from my description ? Very striking dark red wing (?) bar, not a chest marking. 22.May.2018

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Karmann65 Posted 24-May-2018 08:23
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Hi Edward

Did this bird have a pale but speckled chest?

Brian

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Webmaster Posted 27-May-2018 07:01
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No I'm fairly certain the bird did not have a speckled or otherwise patterned chest.  If I had noticed this, I would have said so, but it is possible that it was so subtle I did not notice.  But the striking thing was the dark red band at about shoulder level about 5 mm high and running horizontally (as I saw it, with the bird perching) for, say, 15 mm

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