Thursday 19 January 2017

Bullfinch in the Garden

This fine male Bullfinch landed in our garden just over a week ago. There were rustlings and I suspect there was a second (probably female) bird out of sight. The photo was taken through glass on a rather dark day, so apologies for the lack of clarity.

We usually have a couple of garden sightings a year, particularly when there is blossom on the trees. I see from a previous Tree Following post that I recorded a Bullfinch in my home patch in the first part of 2016. Perhaps the bird above was finding some early buds. Bullfinches have been classed 'amber' in terms of conservation status.

Don't forget (reminder to self!) to register for the forthcoming RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which takes place over the weekend of 28th and 29th January.


Ragged Robin said...

Great sighting and you did so well to get a photo. Like you we get occasional sightings here but had one on the feeder a week or so back for the first time. Sadly, no picture.

Will be doing the Garden Birdwatch here too :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely to see bullfinches! I see a lot of them at the moment, including a group of six yesterday

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Strawberry split ice lolly bird. Always makes me think of them!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi again Caroline, thanks for your comment on my blog. It's only in the last year or so that I've ever seen bullfinches in groups (other than family groups in the spring) but it happens quite frequently now. They seem to be definitely increasing in numbers up here.