25th July 2016

Juvenile Bullfinch- lacks black cap and male lacks pink breast of adult.

Juvenile Bullfinch- lacks black cap and male lacks pink breast of adult.

Adult male feeding juvenile Bullfinch

Adult male feeding juvenile Bullfinch- juvenile flaps wings so fast when demanding food they are a blur.

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The young calls and calls with its flutey whistle.

The young calls and calls with its flutey whistle.

Juvenile Bullfinches, male and female, have a light brown cap– here is one being fed by the adult male– usually happening deep inside a bush, I was lucky this sequence happened near our back window, the adult masticating seeds from the feeder before regurgitating for the juvenile. Bullfinches have two broods, staying in pairs and family groups all year round, and within a small territory. Though they eat buds from fruit trees, and were killed by the thousand by orchard-keepers in the past, research now shows that fruit trees can lose half their buds without it affecting yields. Conditions: Cooler and cloudy. Temperature: Max 19- Min 14C.

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