I've been trying to attract more birds to the garden lately but I really wasn't expecting this!
What is it? Looks like some kind of finch - but not one I recognise.
I have just had a look on the Rspb website and could be a Bullfinch?
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.
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 ?
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
Wow that's pretty 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
Are you a sailor OL?
Not at all Steve, but if I win the lottery I will have someone doing it for me while I learn I'll just be lay on the deck of my Sunseeker with my cocktail...........hmmm, day dreaming is such fun
OK - well I'll skipper it for you
I coud do with a wealthy patron!