Well Mucker you have me stumped with this one and Ive been into "feathered birds" all my life.
Tell you what though it definitely isnt a crossbill or a linnet.
Its a chick and so its coloration isnt true as yet. You can still see down on the back of its head.
My guess is its a female blackbird just out of the nest (chicks nearly always look bigger than their parents because they still have fluffy down to preen out while their proper plumage grows on)but I wouldnt swear to it. That ruddy patch on the chest is throwing me although looking at its tail I would bet money on it.
Going for another look.
Thats a female blackbird in her winter plumage.
This is a linnet and a crossbill and it definitely isnt either of these.
Yeh it's wierd, like a cross of birds. But I think the eye might be too big for a blackbird, unless it needs to "grow in to it", although it was a reasonable size to start with, like an adult blackbird. It also seems to have a tuft on the back of its head. :s
Can anyone work out whats happening with the beak???
It's clearly a blackbird with a deformed beak. It's nothing like a linnet or a crossbill.
It could just be a blackbird with a twig in its mouth but im sure you would have seen the twig. It is nest building season after all. Its definatley a blackbird though. its not a redwing as theres no colouring.
The tuft on its head Roachy is down mate. The bird is definitely a chick fresh out of the nest. My money is on it being a female blackbird.
Most birds have the ability to cross their beaks for eating seeds etc. If you watch a bird preen you will see them frequently cross their beaks over.
Email Bill Oddie he will tell you in a second.