19th June 2015

Bullfinches have produced their first brood and we have had five individual Bullfinches in the garden this week– two young, two male and one female adults. Two adults were mating  so we should get a second brood. We are very lucky- the BTO records show that less than 10% of UK gardens have Bullfinches visiting regularly. Their call is really worth getting to recognise as the birds themselves are often shy and overlooked. The call is described as a sad ‘phew’- it sounds more like a resigned sigh to me! Bullfinches are slowly increasing in numbers– they have risen from a red list (endangered) bird to amber status in recent years. The juveniles can be distinguished from females because they lack the black cap. The juvenile in this photo was resting on our doorstep- it flew off later. Conditions: Cool and mostly cloudy. Temperature: Max 15- Min 13c.

Adult female Bullfinch

Adult female Bullfinch

Fledgling Bullfinch- the juveniles have no black cap

Fledgling Bullfinch- the juveniles have no black cap

Male Bullfinch

Male Bullfinch

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