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Saturday, 3 January 2015


According to the experts; the people who know such things, this is not a bird of concern.

With a diet consisting of invertebrates in the summer, along with mostly seeds, they have the widest diet of the finches. No surprise they are doing well then, with an estimated population of 5.8 million in Britain and up to 30 million during the winter, with the arrival of continental birds.

They live just about anywhere; woodlands, (deciduous, mixed and conifer), parklands, gardens and hedgerows. No wonder they do so well, with such adaptability.

The males are a combination of colours ......... a reddish pink breast, bluish crown and nape, a brown back, grey-green rump, and white wing bars.

So common, so colourful, and yet frequently overlooked by many so called 'birdwatchers'
If the bird was 'rare', then everyone would be clamouring for a glimpse.

Here's a couple of pictures I took on a Chaffinch twitch yesterday.

Have a good weekend.


  1. HI Keith Beautiful bird and gorgeous shots of him. I am always at pains to explain to people the difference between a Twitcher and a birder as I am not a Twitcher! For me birding is all about being out and about in nature and seeing what turns up. Rant over, I am getting as bad as Adrian! Have a great weekend.

  2. Thanks Margaret. Yea, to me, twitchers are just a bunch of hooligans that give birdwatching a bad name. Give them a camera, and they become despicable.

  3. Great shots Keith and as you say a beautifully marked bird that's barely given a second glance by some.
    Now!...I'm more than a little worried, concerned even, that you just might be developing an 'itch to twitch'...I hope this is not a 'coming out' post??...[;O{

  4. Cheers Trev.
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  5. Beautiful Chaffinch images, lovely poser.

  6. Thanks Bob, yea, they're lovely birds.

  7. It's an interesting point about the Chaffinch being overlooked by many, the Tree Sparrow being a case in point. I also over the moon when they appeared for the first time in my garden this winter and get some odd looks when I talk about them, sadly an odd world. Great images Keith

  8. Birder or twitcher, they make good subjects for a photo, great work.


  9. they are one of my favorite UK birds! love them!

  10. Wow- awesome shots.
    Popping in from Tex's blog.

  11. Beautiful shots in the sun with a very earthy redness. Funny how the loveliness of the more abundant birds is so often overlooked, but there you have it.

  12. One of the best bits of Winter is the Chaffinches coming in to the garden more.

  13. he is just a gorgeous Bird!! ALL those deep earth tone colors in his feathers make for a great looking photo!!

  14. Thanks Doug. I used to see lots of Tree Sparrows when I was a kid, but sadly not so many these days, unless I go travel to look for them.

    Thanks Peter. Birder is fine. :-)

    Thank you Theresa. Favourite of mine too.

    Terri, thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed your visit. :-)

    Thank you Wilma. Human nature I guess, taking the familiar for granted.

    Thanks Findlay. I only ever get a couple visit my garden, and not very often either.

    Thanks Sondra. I managed a perfect background for him too. :-)

  15. I enjoy having them around. Has the first one got an infection on it's leg?

  16. I do hope you are not including me in the 'hooligan' brand of twitchers Keith! ;)
    I have seen all sorts of behaviour by all sorts of people, the problem is that the few tar the many with the same brush. Dog walkers, photographers, twitchers, to name a few, all have bad elements. I have seen dogs being deliberately used to flush birds whilst twitchers were peacefully watching them and I have seen twitchers have no regard for the bird or other peoples' property by trespassing and photographers getting far too close to their subject and causing it to fly off, and then I have seen, in the majority of cases the exact opposite, caring dog walkers, humble twitchers and photographers that actually use a telephoto lens for what it was designed. As I say, the few do tar the many.
    Sorry, rant over. Great pictures of a very underestimated bird, if it were rarer, people would froth at the mouth over it!
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  17. Such colourful birds... and also the Dunnock - a much overlooked bird despite it's lovely song!!
    Great pics, Keith.... Happy New Year to you..

  18. Cheers Adrian. Yea, that first one has something called bumblefoot, or I think that's what it is called. Fairly common in some finches.

    Rant away John, I don't mind. Obviously you've been on far more twitches than me, but I can only speak from my own experiences when I've been unfortunate to encounter a twitch where I've been visiting. There may well be some good twitchers, but I ain't met any yet. I tend to avoid large gatherings of these people.

    Thanks Tricia. Yea, Dunnocks are great little birds; the House Sparrow too, with its gregarious nature and chirpy little call.
    Have a good new year too.