January 17th   Leave a comment

Bullfinches can be seen around Crail and Kingsbarns at the moment; I can go for months without seeing any in Crail. I had two in my garden today feeding on buds. I don’t think these were immigrant bullfinches from the continent that tend to be larger and with a deeper whistle. I hope they are local birds and that they are getting commoner for us. Bullfinches are another species declining in some parts of the UK. It’s been a long time since they were considered a pest species stripping fruit trees of their buds in the spring. They are a truly beautiful bird close up, both the males and the females.

Male bullfinch - taken at Boarhills on the weekend

Posted January 18, 2012 by wildcrail in Sightings

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