Chaffinches are our second most common breeding bird and are found all over the British Isles. They even become quite tame where food is served outside. In winter our native population is swelled by migrants from Northern Europe and Scandinavia, though most of the influx are females. Chaffinches, which can live to the ripe old age of 14, become duller-coloured in winter though, as can be seen in these photo’s from a
couple of days ago, even in winter the males are still very colourful birds. Their caps are greyer, only becoming pure blue as their feathers moult for the breeding season. In the 1800’s males were kept in cages and used in a gambling singing competition, a pastime thankfully no longer pursued! Conditions: A dry, sunny, cold day. Temperature: Max 3, Min 0c.