Very new to watching birds, this gave me a "Goodness, what might that be," moment.
A chaffinch who's overdone its make-up.
No interactions present.
That's a good sighting as they are in very low numbers, this winter. Some winters, like last year, they pour into the country from Northern Europe in great numbers. This year, they are few and far between in most parts, I think. I have only heard one locally to me (East Yorkshire), and not seen any at all...last year they were everywhere! Thinking about it, it is probably the worst year I can remember for them, round here.
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I have about 6 in the garden but that's less than last year and I am Hexham area in Northumberland.I have had no siskins at all this year.
Yes, there are some about, but nothing like what are sometimes around. The beech trees near me, on the top of the Yorkshire Wolds (as depicted by Hockney on his iPad recently), are often a good spot, but I have seen none there, this winter.
As for Siskins, they often come into the gardens in March and April, so you may still get them...keep watching!
I've got siskins. At least sometimes I do. They seem to go AWOL for days at a time.
Next thing on my list: get a half decent photo.
It might be a local thing because they (I'm not sure how many) are quite regular visitors to my feeders. I've also seen them along at the Loch of the Lowes centre (Dunkeld) which is about 20 miles to the west of me. Mind you, until a few weeks ago I had never even heard of them; I would have guessed that they were a variety of apple :-)
I've now started to move on to things that float on lochs. However, I feel that my progress might slow down a bit because it is far harder to get photos at the distances involved. I might have to take up sketching.
I really wish that I had started this voyage when I was a lot younger.
Bird song; I don't even know where to start learning that!
Lucky you with bramblings. Bullfinches are the exciting finch here. I'm fairly new to birds too, at least, new to taking it a bit more seriously and keeping records. I find the RSPB site good for bird song - I'm gradually building up familiarity with one at a time. I was really pleased today to be able to be sure there was a greenfinch around (they wheeze) and then I heard what sounded a bit like a great tit, but it didn't sound quite right - I thought maybe a coal tit - and then I saw it, and I was right. Extremely satisfying! But I really can't tell rooks and crows apart by sound (and have trouble even when looking at them if they aren't very close). It's all good fun though.
If we have bullfinches nearby, I haven't seen them yet. Well, at least, not knowingly.
I do visit the RSPB web site almost daily but I haven't been listening to the music. I'll follow your example and start with one or two and listen out for them.
Its good of you to let me know that you are, albeit more advanced than me, a novice. I have always thought that I was the only one left.
An old winter down here in Dorset - no Fieldfares, hardly any Redwing or Redpoll yet we've had Snow Bunting and a passing Shore Lark
Lat/Lng: 56.6479, -3.4018
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At feeder in the garden.