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Monday, 3 December 2012

Chaffinch in the garden?

Chaffinch collection

For some time I have been watching a bird with a reddish breast in my garden. At last a robin, I thought, but every time my camera was ready he flew away. He then discovered that at my place there is a bird house full of various bird delicacies. I have a good selection of seeds, including sunflower.

Up to now my garden has been populated by tits and sparrows. The tits peck up a seed and fly away, but the sparrows have a debate, sometimes an argument with each other, and stay awhile.  And then we have the mystery bird with the red breast.

Over the last couple of days they have started gathering and today I had success and took photos. They are "Buchfink" said Mr. Swiss. We did have a debate, but after searching through Internet I found, yes they are "Buchfink". I did realise that this was some sort of finch, so had a look in the dictionary and found that in english they are Chaffinches which are now in my garden. I am not a bird expert, and neither is Mr. Swiss, but I have taken his word for it. So here is family Chaffinch sitting in a tree in my garden. They decided that the diet at my place was suitable for cold snowy weather.

If there are any bird experts that say they are not chaffinches, but something else, then please let me know.

Here are a few more photos.


Chaffinch in the snow


Chaffinch


Chaffinch

13 comments:

  1. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search is a good web site

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  2. We have several different types of finches, sparrows, etc around here.

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  3. Great shots, Pat. I can indeed confirm they are Chaffinches. I have photographed them many many times.

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  4. As far as I can see it's a bullfinch. Great photos!!

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  5. It's not a bullfinch. The bullfinch has a black 'cap'. This is definately a chaffinch.

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  6. beautiful photography ! They are such cute critters !

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  7. LOL, see how much I know about birds :)

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  8. Nice shots... I would be pleased to welcome those cute visitors...

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  9. I see there are lots if berries for them!! Fun :)

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  10. Wonderful shots and a cute little story. I don't personally know the Chaffinch, as would probably be a Northern bird, but can see it is part of the finch family. Ask your butcher for some bonemeal, also called meat saw dust, I think? It is the remnants from the saw they use to cut the bones across. Make a little ball, like a small handfull. I freeze mine as buy in bulk, put a ball on the bird feeder, you can take an old Tupperware Icecream cup or similar and get Mr Swizz to hammer a nail into it. Also apple , they like, you will see the more variety of foods you put out, the larger variety of birds you will see. YOu can lure the Robin with bonemeal or with a piece of cheese. He will find it ! Promise.

    Thank you for sharing your garden delight. ps Princess Mousie wants to know if Fluffy, Nera and Tabby behaves when the birds come to visit? She says, she is very good, no touching. *smile*

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  11. Yes, chaffinches. That first pic would make nice wallpaper . . .

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