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! 






  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754


    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.


  • 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 

    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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