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Not all Bullfinches come to feeders and take sunflower seeds. At my main feeding station they come to the hedgerow at the back, but rarely come forward to the food I supply. At other sites they can be become regular feeders.

The solution is to provide red berries in the hedgerow. These they can’t help but see and certainly not resist. I had to wait a couple of hours for the first visit, but after that both males and females took turns to grab a feast. The best opportunity was when they hovered and took a berry on the wing, but I failed to get that, either because the light was too dull at the time or they had their backs to me. I shall keep trying.

There are still plenty of berries left on one tree on a nearby trading estate. A feisty Mistle thrush is trying to keep them all to itself and the remaining ones are a bit high, but I can still just about reach them with my cutters and take off a sprig.

The berries are suspended to an alloy pole, but the hedge is too close in the background and very untidy so the backdrop is an 8 x 4 feet plywood board painted green and brown.

All pictures with the Canon EOS 1dx and an 800mm f5.6 lens.

Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula
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