Posted on May 15, 2015
Bullfinch in the garden
This little lady showed up in the garden one day. She’s a female bullfinch, and I caught her having a tasty snack of blossoms from one of the fruit trees.
You can see her munching away, above… and swallowing, below. Caught in the act!
The male bullfinch is more brightly coloured than the female – if you see an aggressively pink and grey bird in your garden, it’s probably a male bullfinch. And when I say aggressively pink, I mean somewhere Schiaparelli and fluorescent salmon.
Bullfinches are common in Ireland, but you won’t often see bullfinches in your garden as they don’t usually visit birdtables and feeders.
However, if you have apple or other fruit trees, watch out for them in springtime, as the buds from fruit trees are definitely one of their favourite foods.
(If you’d rather keep your apples for yourself, try hanging old CDs in the trees to frighten them away.)