Birds in Cornwall – Linnets

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Linnets seem to have benefited from the fine spring weather with parents busy feeding fledged youngsters a common sight in south west Cornwall at the moment.

This male and female Linnet were photographed feeding young on the edge of Penhale camp on the North Cornish coast.

Insight into Linnet (Carduelis cannabina): a small finch found commonly throughout the UK, it may be seen in a range of habitats but more common in the open countryside. In the winter large flocks form over arable land and coastal heaths feeding on seeds.

The males are easy to indentify with their ‘raspberry flush’ but the browner females can be easily confused with the more heavily striped juveniles.

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