Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret)
Taken at Blashford Lakes - February 2016
The Lesser Redpoll is a small, dumpy bird whose upperparts are grey-brown with darker streaks. They have two buff coloured wing bars, dark streaks on the whitish flanks and a dark brown forked tail. However, the most distinguishing features are the red forehead and black bib.
In the summer, the cheeks, throat, breast and rump of the males are pink.
The females are similar to the males, except in the summer they are duller and rarely have any pink in the plumage.