I'm trying to identify a bird in my garden. I live in Ireland so western Europe, temperate climate similar to the UK.
I am trying to get a photo and will add one to the post if I can manage to, but the description is:
- Small brown bird (about the same size as a robin).
- Beak similar to a finch.
- Small amount of yellow on the side of the wing, and a little dark brown and white overlap at the back when wings closed.
- Fully brown head but almost has a little mohawk of feathers puffing up.
It looks like a juvenile goldfinch but surely not the time of year for juveniles? I'm wondering if female goldfinch is a possibility but I didn't think they differed from males that much.
Any help appreciated, but I will try to get a photo as I realise it's difficult to help without!