Since that autumn, we've caught rather fewer Lesser Redpolls: in fact fewer than 10 each season. None of those we caught in 2011 have been recaptured on site either, though there are generally a few Lesser Redpoll around throughout the year.
Then, a couple of weekends back, we caught half a dozen Lesser Redpolls on one day... and this:
|...it's got a socking great pale rump...|
|...(just like the linked blog above, you can see some wear on the tail and primary tips which help age it as a bird of the year)...|
|...no brown on the flanks...|
|....it's grey (this photo © Judith Read)...|
|...it's still got no brown on the flanks (this photo © Judith Read)...|
|...and it's got white wing-bars (this photo also © Judith Read). Note also the two visible retained juvenile greater coverts. Award yourself an extra mark if you didn't have to look the feather tract up.|
The description's in the post to the county recorder...