Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)
Species
Linnet (Carduelis cannabina). Male, summer plumage. Taken at Durdle Door, Dorset, on April 30th 2015.
Male, summer plumage. Taken at Durdle Door, Dorset, on April 30th 2015.
(1/800th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Linnet (Carduelis cannabina). Male, winter plumage. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on December 20th 2015.
Male, winter plumage. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on December 20th 2015.
(1/500th sec at f6.3. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Linnet (Carduelis cannabina). Female. Taken at West Walton, Cambs, on August 13th 2017.
Female. Taken at West Walton, Cambs, on August 13th 2017.
(1/1250th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 12.5 - 14 cm

The Linnet is a small, slim finch. Males are attractively marked with crimson foreheads and breasts, while females are much browner. Both sexes have streaky breasts.

Linnets can be found throughout the British Isles with the exception of northern Scotland.

Typical Linnet habitats are commons, heathland, rough ground, farmland hedges, saltmarshes, and parks and gardens.

Linnets are restless and active birds, often rising in hopping flight only to drop down again soon afterwards.

It is a Red list species owing to a 57% population decline since 1970. There are about 430000 territories in the UK.

Sightings

17-Oct-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon
04-Oct-2019 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (20+)
02-Oct-2019 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (1)
24-Aug-2019 : Crookham Common, Berks (1)
13-Aug-2019 : Greenham Common, Berks (1)
04-Aug-2019 : Greenham Common, Berks (10)
30-Jun-2019 : Silchester Common, Hants (2)
03-Jun-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
20-May-2019 : Liniclate, Benbecula (1)
19-May-2019 : Balnarad, North Uist (1)
14-May-2019 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (3)
19-Apr-2019 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (2)
18-Apr-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (6+)
13-Apr-2019 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (2)
25-Mar-2019 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (2)
24-Mar-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (30+)
05-Mar-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (50+)
27-Feb-2019 : East Hendred Down, Oxon (3)
11-Feb-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon
03-Jan-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (75+)

22-Dec-2018 : Blewbury Downs, Oxon (7)
15-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
03-Nov-2018 : Hackpen Hill, Oxon (16)
06-Aug-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
02-Aug-2018 : Lid's Down, Oxon (5)
24-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
10-Jul-2018 : Greenham Common, Berks (6)
24-Jun-2018 : Ravenglass, Cumbria (2)
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (6+)
20-May-2018 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
07-May-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (6)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
19-Apr-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (8)
17-Apr-2018 : South Hinksey, Oxon (2)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (50+)
14-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (2)
13-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
11-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
20-Feb-2018 : East Hendred Down, Oxon (20+)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (50+)

23-Dec-2017 : Lower Radley, Oxon (10+)
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (20+)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
10-Oct-2017 : Choseley Barns, Norfolk (10+)
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (50+)
04-Oct-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (6)
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
20-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset
19-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (50+)
29-Aug-2017 : Lollingdon Hill, Oxon (6+)
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
24-Aug-2017 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (2)
23-Aug-2017 : Lollingdon Hill, Oxon (60+)
13-Aug-2017 : West Walton, Norfolk (10)
12-Aug-2017 : West Walton, Norfolk (2)
03-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
18-Jul-2017 : Greenham Common, Berks
21-Apr-2017 : MoD Arncott
15-Apr-2017 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (c.50)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (50+)
09-Apr-2017 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (4)
25-Mar-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (80+)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
14-Jan-2017 : Caulcott, Oxon (11)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
07-Nov-2016 : El Bujeo, Spain
05-Nov-2016 : Trafico, Spain (2+)
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
15-Oct-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (10+)
08-Oct-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (4)
18-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
21-Aug-2016 : Hackpen Hill, Oxon (5)
19-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
14-Aug-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
16-Jul-2016 : Crookham Common, Berks (22)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
02-Jun-2016 : Hatchet Small Pond, Hants (6)
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (12+)
29-May-2016 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (2)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (6+)
19-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
10-Apr-2016 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (2)
03-Apr-2016 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (6)
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (50+)
05-Mar-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (30+)

20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (60+)
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (30+)
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (6)
18-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
16-Aug-2015 : Hackpen Hill, Oxon (1)
16-Aug-2015 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (6+)
25-Jul-2015 : Bezbog, Bulgaria
18-Jun-2015 : Haddon Hill, Somerset (10+)
17-Jun-2015 : Lynton/Lynmouth, Devon (3+)
16-Jun-2015 : Heddon Valley, Devon (2)
07-Jun-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (3)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
01-May-2015 : Arne, Dorset
30-Apr-2015 : Stoborough Heath NNR, Dorset (2)
30-Apr-2015 : Durdle Door, Dorset (10+)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (8+)
22-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (10)
10-Apr-2015 : Burgess Field, Oxon (2)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (30+)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (25+)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (100+)
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (60+)
10-Jan-2015 : Lower Radley, Oxon (1+)