Bullfinch baby

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Early spring and during the winter I had at least three male bullfinches and two females and hoped that at least one couple would have a chick.

Over the last few weeks there has been a particular pair which are never far away from each other on the seed feeders and in the last few days I have seen them with a large chick! yay!

haven’t got any photos as usually am watching from the kitchen window whilst washing dishes!

Does anyone know whether the parents will continue to allow the youngster to stay around~I have never seen any animosity between the Bullfinches but I have seen them chase other finches off the feeders!

Thrilled to bits!

Arlene

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20 Jul, 2010
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jane said:

This is great news Arlene....no wonder you are thrilled !They used to be a common bird...but numbers have dwindled in recent years...loss of habitat etc..

We have only seen one in our garden..once....:o(
They are non terratorial birds...so your youngster should be allowed to stay ! Its just brilliant....well done :o)

20 Jul, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Lovely to hear Arlene and these beautiful birds were once so common as a child we had cherry orchards backing on to our garden and remember flocks of them arriving.

Fruit growers really loathed them as their heavy beaks enabled them to crack the seeds long before fruit had ripened.They also nibble emerging flowers ..in long term decline and red listed by BTO.

20 Jul, 2010
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arlene said:

Hi Jane~and Ray!
Thanks!
~they do seem to like sunflower hearts and since they turned up last year there is frequently either a male or a pair on the feeders along with various other finches,Gold, Green and Chaffinch but the Siskins seem to have disappeared. It's good that they don't drive off their young~there's enough for all them!

21 Jul, 2010
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alipardoe said:

You're lucky to get the bullfinches at your feeder. I can hear them and occasionally see them in the trees, but they never come near.

21 Jul, 2010
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jane said:

Oh Arlene...meant to tell you...the siskins all start forming flocks about the middle of May and head back to Scandinavia. So at least the rooks havent scared THEM away !!!

22 Jul, 2010
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arlene said:

~really!didn't know that~ although lots of finches of all types seem to have taken up residence~baby Chaffinches,Goldfinches as well as my resident baby Bullfinch~had two male Bullfinches yesterday~will be looking into sorting out the birdtable this weekend!

22 Jul, 2010
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jane said:

Okay..keep us posted...think its your best plan ! x

23 Jul, 2010
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arlene said:

I have these diamond metal mesh seed feeders with yellow tops, bought online 2 for about £12? and bought a silver tray to fit each one to catch some of the chaff, at the same time.
The bullfinches sit in the trays and either eat the loose stuff that falls or take it from the mesh~the baby goldfinches sit in the trays in groups of 3 and 4 as do the sparrows~ although not that wide they do seem to give a good platform for the birds that don't cling and they can get the seed really easily~

23 Jul, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

A silver tray for gold finches made from diamond metal ? My word Arlene how posh is that ! Ours make do with wood and plastic they get wind of this you ll be swamped by them in Wales lol

24 Jul, 2010
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arlene said:

Hi Ray
~What are you like!Come to think of it we do have rather a lot!
What I was saying is that because the goldfinches can easily cling to the mesh leaving the trays for the babies and bullfinches and other non clingers(Collared Doves and even Squirrels)there can be as many as 8-10 birds on one feeder~ I have 4 of the mesh ones~not diamond plated!and this may encourage the bullfinches as they seem to like company.
Will have to put some photos on when I work out how!

24 Jul, 2010
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jane said:

LOL you two !! Looking forward to seeing your photos Arlene...

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