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Chaffinch (male)
08-APR-2005 Gary Martin

Chaffinch (male)

Llanelli, Wales

Fringilla coelebs
The chaffinch is the UK’s second commonest breeding bird, and is arguably the most colourful of the UK's finches. Its patterned plumage helps it to blend in when feeding on the ground and it becomes most obvious when it flies, revealing a flash of white on the wings and white outer tail feathers. It does not feed openly on bird feeders - it prefers to hop about under the bird table or under the hedge. You’ll usually hear chaffinches before you see them, with their loud song and varied calls.
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Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
1/125s f/11.0 at 400.0mm iso800 full exif

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Barry 19-Jun-2016 13:53
Hi I am trying to identify a recent visitor to my garden, the bird is bigger than a blackbird bit smaller than a pigeon, it is brightly coloured with flashes of blue and white..can you identify him for me ?
Guest 23-Jan-2016 09:12
I see a lot of different types of birds through my window everyday (mostly robins) but today I saw this bird for my first time so I searched on Google and I went into this but I'm not sure if it is the Chaffinch because it flew away while I was searching
Guest 10-Apr-2015 07:07
Hi I have one of these birds trying for two days to get in to my Houes window and door does any one know why this bird would be doing this
Guest 21-Nov-2013 14:16
Saw this lovely male chaffinch in our garden this morning , I usually feed the birds on the grass and this was a beautiful surprise as 1st one we've seen here Thankyou for your great photos and enabling me to identify our litle visitor - a gift indeed. Wendy, Essex Thursday 21st November 2013.
Guest 14-Feb-2012 12:37
i have a few of these birds in my garden & they keep pecking on my car windows & mirrors causing damage - any ideas of how to deter this?
Bill Kenefick 03-Jul-2011 08:30
I identified a bird which I believe was a finch of some sort (I should say that I know absoltely nothing about birds - of any kind). It was feeding - or was it perhaps collecting material for ist nects? - on flowers in our back garden which is an area which is more or less grown wild. I t did look like the bird below, but it might have been the Bullfinch above (did not get a close enough look). We life in Dundee in Scotland so I was wondering which bird it was likely to be given the climate and habitat?
Israelischer Günter 28-Mar-2011 10:25
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Guest 02-Oct-2008 20:04
Nice shots - such beautiful birds you have in Britain. Haven't seen these fellows in the US.
Paul Nicholas08-Apr-2005 16:48
Nice one - I like this.