Bird identification

  mrwoowoo 16:00 24 Oct 2010

I saw a bird with a fairly wide solid yellow or gold stripe running from tip to shoulder on it's wings.
It was ,i think, a bit larger than a sparrow.
It was a fairly quick look although quite close, but i didn't notice any other bright colours as the gold stripe was very striking. The rest may have been light grey or certainly light colours.
Nothing on the RSPB identifier matches it, unless i've overlooked it.
I live near north east Kent coast.
Any ideas?

  sunnystaines 16:08 24 Oct 2010

gold finch or bee eater

  mrwoowoo 16:13 24 Oct 2010

Possibly a Gold finch, although i didn't see any red on it's head.
May have missed it though.

  rdave13 16:23 24 Oct 2010

Could be an escaped parakeet?

  cycoze 16:23 24 Oct 2010

Greenfinch click here or Siskin click here maybe?

Juvenile goldfinch does not have the red head.

  morddwyd 19:26 24 Oct 2010

All plumage tends to be a bit duller in the winter, some birds even change totally (no, the Robin is not brighter in the winter, it just seems that way because it's the only bright colour around).

The red of the Goldfinch may well be missed, though I would think the Goldfinch slightly smaller than the sparrow.

Possibly a Waxwing, but the gold wingbar is not too pronounced.

click here

  mrwoowoo 19:35 24 Oct 2010

Thanks for replies.
I think it must have been a gold finch, so i'll tick as resolved.

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