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23 Sep 2016

Linnet moult

We caught an adult Linnet on Hilbre recently just completing its main post-breeding moult. From the photo below you can see that nearly all the primaries are new, although some are still growing, but it still hasn't moulted all its secondaries.


It was also in tail moult. Looking at the amount of white in the primaries it was probably a male but we've been caught out before........

Another good bird was this juvenile Swallow that flew in through the open Obs door and ended up behind the curtains where I caught it by hand!


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