A Canaray x Goldfinch hybrid. He called in flight like a Goldfinch and he kicked like a mule (ha), and was also the size of a Greenfinch. I'm guessing its Canary parent was red, though I suppose a bit of colour-feeding might give the same effect; I'm assuming the bird is an escape.
I opened up two nets in the garden, which proved to be surprisingly productive with 26 birds (25 new & 1 retrap) caught over the morning. The retrap was a Blue Tit that I'd originally ringed in the garden on 1st July. Plenty of adult birds were in wing-moult, most doing it the conventional way (primaries working out in order from the innermost). This 2cy male Greenfinch, however, had decided to do things a little differently:
On the right wing, it's moulted p3 first (now almost three-quarters grown), then it seems to have moulted p1 and p2 simultaneously (both about half grown), and then most recently it's moulted p4 (about one-quarter grown and still largely surrounded by the feather sheath); primaries 5 onwards are old.
Perhaps not too surprisingly given the Bohemian nature of this bird's moult, the two wings are not symmetrical. On the left wing it has moulted p4 first (about three-quarters grown), followed by p2 (about half grown) and then most recently it appears to have simultaneously moulted p1 and p3 (still in their sheath and hidden from view in the above photo). Again, primaries 5 onwards are old.
And one last thing from the garden. I don't really do cute but, you have to admit, this is cute.