Photo of the Bullfinch bird; Ran into this chap today, and let me tell you it was a pleasure. Although I did not have better exposure I, just the same it was great snapping this bird which I hope will be visiting more frequently. Not much editing applied here and left the bird to show off it’s own beautiful colours – hoping to see more of it soon and hoping you enjoy!
About the Bird
The bullfinch is a bulky bull-headed bird. The upper parts are grey; the flight feathers and short thick bill are black; as are the cap and face in adults (they are greyish-brown in juveniles), and the white rump and wing bars are striking in flight. The adult male has red underparts, but females and young birds have grey-buff underparts. It moulths between July and October, but males do not have the duller autumn plumage that is typical of some other finches. The song of this unobtrusive bird contains fluted whistles, and is often described as ‘mournful’.
This bird breeds across Europe and temperate Asia. It is mainly resident, but many northern birds migrate further south in the winter. Mixed woodland with some conifers is favoured for breeding, including parkland and gardens. The food is mainly seeds and buds of fruit trees, which can make it a pest in orchards. Ash and hawthorn are favoured in autumn and early winter.