Interesting visitor to the bird table this morning

I've been trying to attract more birds to the garden lately but I really wasn't expecting this! 

 

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  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    Wow!

    What is it?  Looks like some kind of finch - but not one I recognise. 

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Wow! Where do you live? Tropics???? image
  • allium2allium2 Posts: 413

    I have just had a look on the Rspb website and could be a Bullfinch?

  • NetfellaNetfella Posts: 54

    No idea what it is! I think it must be an escapee or maybe some sort of a migrant. I don't think Christchurch is considered tropics yet, maybe after some more global warming.

    J

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    Na.  Bullfinch isn't as brightly coloured and has a smaller bill.  (Maybe it had a discount.  Smaller bill.  Discount.  Oh, never mind...)  Pretyy sure it ain't British anyway.  Either an aviary escape or a first ?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 44,416

    That's exciting.

    Definitely not a bullfinch - the nearest I've ever seen to your picture is a House finch from North Africa but the colour is too bright and the markings are too distinct for that.

     I'm pretty good on UK birds but that's not a native species.   I've looked on all the websites with finches from around the world and can't find it.  

    Can you notify the RSPB here  http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/watchingbirds/reporting.aspx 

    In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt ... Margaret Atwood
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Wow that's pretty image Much prettier than the magpies that my dogs keep chasing away !

    And you live in Christchurch.......that's where I'm going to live when I win the lottery and can buy a boat from Poole image

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    Are you a sailor OL?

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Not at all Steve, but if I win the lottery I will have someone doing it for me while I learn image I'll just be lay on the deck of my Sunseeker with my cocktail...........hmmm, day dreaming is such fun image

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    OK - well I'll skipper it for you image

    I coud do with a wealthy patron!

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