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.

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