Forum > Identifying Birds > Finch-sized Puffin-like Bird In Surrey - Please Help Identify

Surrey Gardener Posted 11-Dec-2014 16:09
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As odd as it sounds, I heard a strange bird in my garden today and then discovered it pecking around the footpath. It may be an escaped pet as I can't find a similar bird on any UK website but here goes: imagine a brown chaffinch with a bright orange beak and orange legs, and instead of the white bars on the wings this bird had white stripes along its tail. The strangest thing, though, is its call - it sounded like a puffin! (with a slightly shorter note - like a child tooting on a kazoo). It was pecking between the stones but would hop away every time I got within about 5'. If it is an escaped pet, I'll put a sign up in the road (but I clearly don't want to do that if it turns out to be a visitor from abroad). 

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