31st January 2015

To complete the common finches in winter, here are the colourful Greenfinch and Bullfinch. Greenfinch males are dulller in winter but, as the ones in the photo’s show,

Beautiful male Bullfinch the other day

Beautiful male Bullfinch the other day

Female Bullfinch in winter

Female Bullfinch in winter

Male Greenfinch, looking duller here, in winter plumage.

Male Greenfinch, looking duller here, in winter plumage.

they are still striking. They are suffering from a parasitic disease which affects their ability to feed, and from the general loss of seeds on farmland, so need our feeders to support them through winter. They often turn up in mixed flocks, benefitting from other birds ability to seek out food-sources. Bullfinches have a more varied diet so tend to do better through winter. They will eat seeds  from birch, rowan, bramble, heather, nettle, ash and many other sources. Their ability to digest cellulose means they can also feed on buds– favouring fruit trees in the wild and cultivated. Conditions: Some flurries of snow, dummy intervals and showers. Temperature: Max 4- Min 1c.

Greenfinches feed in mixed flocks more in winter

Greenfinches feed in mixed flocks more in winter

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