While waiting for the microwave to strut its stuff I noticed a pair of birds land on the lawn. One, I assume the male, took off again almost immediately and all I got was a glimpse of some red. The female stayed for a couple of minutes helping herself to the seeds from a dandelion.
Having scoured my few bird books I am left with two possibilities. My favoured one is a Linnet with a slight possibility of it being a Twite but I think the red noticed on the male will probably cut that one out of the list.
My grateful thanks to Roy for identifying it as a female Linnet - a first for my garden.
As an extra - here is Papa (I think) Great Tit waiting for me to go away so he can take a meal to his babies in the nest box.
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