A flurry of finches

Had to postpone my planned vole-photography session as the weather is less than ideal, but should return to that later this week. But today has brought a flurry of finch species, of which I’ve managed to grab a couple of images.

We already knew we had Bullfinch, Goldfinch and Greenfinch around, and we’ve seen Siskins too. But today we woke up to three very fine Lesser Redpoll on the newly-erected feeding pole.


They are delicate little finches, but their red caps and breasts were looking especially bright.

The trio hung around for about 45 minutes, flitting between the garden and a nearby willow, but we haven’t seen them since. Hopefully they are breeding nearby.

A more regular visitor through the day was this glorious Siskin:



He has been in and out most of the day, and even hung around while I wandered down the garden just feet away, running an errand or two.

Added to the Sparrows, Robins, Blue, Coal, and Great Tits, Greenfinches, Goldfinces, Dunnocks, Wood Pigeons, Collared Doves, and Wren, the garden is in fine birding form despite being very bare at the moment. We even had a brief visit from a bruiser of a Great Spotted Woodpecker:


All-in-all, a very good day. Hopefully more to come, as we had a good evening yesterday watching both Chiffchaff and Water Vole. I’ll try get some Water Vole pics later this week.



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