Thursday, January 7, 2010

Bullfinch



Growing a decent crop of pears in County Durham is probably a lost cause, partly because of the climate and partly because of these birds..... but I'm perfectly happy for them to eat some of the pear blossom buds as long as they continue to visit our garden. A fabulous splash of colour on a freezing winter's day...




They say that tonight will be the coldest so far ... it certainly felt like that when we walked home this evening (double- click for a larger image)

6 comments:

  1. Always a joy to see these birds Phil. Worth the sacrifice of a few buds to see such beauty.

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  2. Lovely photo of the Bullfinch. Rare here in my garden. Only seen one in the last few years.

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  3. We don't get bullfinchs either. They're beautiful.... like a tropical bird. I would gladly plant some pear trees for them to visit our garden.

    The photograph at dusk is magical.

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  4. Couldn't agree more Keith - one of my favourite birds...

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  5. Hi John, they turn up regularly in my garden just as the fruit buds begin to swell, in about March...

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  6. Hi Lesley, they tend to stay together in family parties through the winter, so usually 4-5 turn up together...

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