17th June 2014

Bullfinches were on the Red List of endangered species for several years, due to loss of woodland margins, hedgerows and loss of habitat through over-grazing by deer, but more recently their numbers have been increasing and they are now on the Amber List. Rather than visiting gardens in winter they are now more likely to visit and feed all year round. They usually have two broods a year and lately a pair of adults have been feeding a couple of fledglings here. They have been so deep in the trees, for cover, that I haven’t been able to photograph the juveniles being fed, just fleeting glimpses and hearing the beautiful low whistles between them and the adults. Today, the juveniles were feeding themselves on the Amelanchier berries so were much more visible. Juveniles, both male and female, have similar markings to the adult females, but without the black cap, until their first moult. I’ll include a photo of the adult male and female taken today to show the difference in plumage. They stay as a family group much of the year so you will often see them together, in the wild or the garden. Conditions: A mostly cloudy day with a gentle breeze. Temperature: Max 19- Min 15 C so we are in for a very mild night.

A juvenile Bullfinch feeding on Amelanchier berries.

A juvenile Bullfinch feeding on Amelanchier berries.

 

Juvenile Bullfinch. Male and female juveniles have the same plumage until the first moult.

Juvenile Bullfinch. Male and female juveniles have the same plumage until the first moult.

 

Adult male Bullfinch

Adult male Bullfinch

 

Female Bullfinch

Adult female Bullfinch

 

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