Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)
Male Linnet (Carduelis cannabina). 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)
Male Linnet (Carduelis cannabina). 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)

Female. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on March 13th 2016.
(1/400th sec at f9)

© David Hastings


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.


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 Down, 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:Pewsey Down, Wilts(6+)
16-Aug-2015:Hackpen Hill, Oxon(1)
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+)

20-Dec-2014:Hackpen Hill, Oxon(30+)
20-Nov-2014:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(2)
21-Sep-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(3)
13-Sep-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
17-Aug-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(4)
23-Jun-2014:Trigrad, Bulgaria
25-May-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(2+)
07-May-2014:Mwnt, Ceredigion(10+)
04-May-2014:Mwnt, Ceredigion(10+)
18-Apr-2014:Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon(1m)

03-Nov-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(4)
04-Aug-2013:Greenham Common, Berks(2)
24-Jun-2013:Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk(2)
09-Jun-2013:Cotley Hill, Wilts(2)