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This little bird was difficult to identify! I googled, I looked in bird books, I asked friends who might know, but alas. The bird remained unknown until I contacted Tomas, an ornithologist in Finland who writes one of my favourite bird blogs- I learned that the bird is a Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina), usually the chest is more red but apparently that can vary. Click here to visit Tomas’s blog


And speaking of Common Linnet- Last month, the Dutch entry for the Eurovision Song Contest was named the Common Linnets. Many of you have probably not heard the song , or might not even have heard of the ESC, but you can watch it/listen here:



23 responses

  1. Lovely! 🙂

    May 28, 2014 at 6:15 PM

  2. Isn’t it kind of annoying after all that to find out it is common?

    May 28, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    • I’ve no idea why it’s called “common linnet” in English, it’s not a very common bird and there’s no other linnet to confuse it with! Btw, it derives its scientific name from its fondness for hemp and its English name from its liking for seeds of flax, from which linen is made.

      May 28, 2014 at 6:36 PM

  3. I love that bird! It’s beautiful! 🙂

    May 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

  4. Très belle chanson qui aurait mérité la première place.

    May 28, 2014 at 9:47 PM

  5. avian101

    I wonder if the Linnet gets high with the cannabis (hemp)? 🙂

    May 28, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    • If they just stick to the seeds, they’ll be fine! 🙂

      May 29, 2014 at 6:03 AM

  6. Seriously Camilla…….encouraging people to watch the Eurovision Song Contest 😉

    May 29, 2014 at 5:48 AM

  7. Aaah it’s a cute little booger. Nice shot too.

    May 30, 2014 at 3:12 AM

  8. My computer had a meltdown a few days ago so I have been “computerless” until now. Great to be back and catch up on your posts! 🙂

    May 30, 2014 at 5:50 AM

    • Uh-oh! Hope it’s fixed now. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

      May 30, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      • Fixed!!!! And I’m back on line! Yay!!!! 🙂

        May 31, 2014 at 6:05 AM

  9. Sweet as a Picture

    Thanks to your friend, I’m glad you were able to find the name of this adorable-looking bird.

    May 30, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    • Me too! I’m a beginner at this, so glad there are helpful people with great bird identifying skills!

      June 1, 2014 at 11:43 AM

  10. First of all, great picture, good profile! Great you found out what kind of bird it is. Funny that you posted the Dutch entry of the Eurovision Song Contest.

    June 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    • Thanks Edwin! 🙂 It’s a good song, I thought it deserved to win..

      June 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM

  11. Un Gran Disparo, Muy Buena, Un Saludo.

    June 3, 2014 at 9:43 PM

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