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Bullfinch (male)
14-DEC-2005 Gary Martin

Bullfinch (male)


Pyrrhula pyrrhula
The male is unmistakable with his bright pinkish-red breast and cheeks, grey back, black cap and tail, and bright white rump. The flash of the rump in flight and the sad call note are usually the first signs of bullfinches being present. They feed voraciously of the buds of various trees in spring and were once a 'pest' of fruit crops. Recent declines place it on the Red List. (Info from

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Linda Matthews 17-Apr-2018 12:35
We have 2 feeding in our garden in Efinburgh Scotland
Guest 10-Apr-2018 17:48
We have had one in our garden this week, Castleton in Rochdale
Mike 19-Mar-2018 15:32
Spotted a pair at Woodlands CL Caravan Club site in Wells this morning. Both feeding in a tree less than 4 metres away. The male's colours were striking.
Matt 14-Mar-2018 14:48
I have a male Bullfinch on my feeder right now in suburban Northants. I have never seen one before, what a beautiful sight amongst all the Coal Tits.
Marilyn Hutchinson 08-Mar-2018 12:16
There are a pair eating buds in my garden in ebbw vale today
Guest 03-Mar-2018 14:13
I saw o e last week in the hedge I’m in Chard somerset
Guest 02-Mar-2018 13:03
Saw my first ever orange coloured bullfinch in my snow covered garden today at the feeder, Stewart, Glasgow
Guest 02-Mar-2018 10:42
Just saw a male bullfinch in my garden for the very first time today. Had to look it up, hadn’t seen one before so didn’t recognise! Stunning against the snowy backdrop in Aberdeenshire.
Guest 01-Mar-2018 23:52
pair of male bullfinches in our garden by the river balancing uncertainly on some reeds above the very thick snow on the riverbank for 2 days now, poor things,2 foot snow has been very hard on all the birds, have been leaving out food, gilsland, northumberland
Guest 28-Feb-2018 17:14
Red Bullfinch in my garden today feeding from our feeders never seen one here before. We live in Helen’s Bay o Down
Guest 27-Feb-2018 10:54
Male & Female Bullfinch in my garden this morning. Never seen them before in this area. Saddleworth. West Yorkshire.
Timothy Henson 16-Feb-2018 12:17
just seen one in somercotes alfreton derbys
Mary 11-Feb-2018 15:35
I have a male and female in my garden this afternoon. First time I have seen them here in 26 years. Basingstoke.
Only the brave 09-Feb-2018 19:22
We’ve just seen 2 in Norway near the Loften Islands. Beautiful.
Guest 03-Feb-2018 13:41
I saw one to day😃😃😃
Poppy 02-Feb-2018 10:56
Just seen one in my garden, on a feeder, very close to the window, beautiful bird. North Yorkshire
Guest 02-Feb-2018 09:12
We've just had one at the window munching on a bud this morning 9.10am 2/2/18. On the Isle of Arran :-)
Guest 22-Jan-2018 08:29
2 males in the garden this morning eating grass seed stick up through the snow. I haven't seen them this far north in years.Wishaw North Lanarkshire
Shirley 20-Jan-2018 17:44
Two males in my garden this afternoon eating buds. So pretty. Glasgow 19th Jan 2018
Guest 19-Jan-2018 17:13
I was privileged in seeing a Bullfinch this afternoon Caernarfon North Wales
Debbie 19-Jan-2018 14:02
Just saw 2 of these lovely birds in Ingleby Barwick Teesside
Nadine 16-Jan-2018 16:07
Just seen one in my garden, it was eating for the full 5 mins he was there. I’m not interested in birds normally but I couldn’t stop watching him and had the earge to find out all about him. so pretty!
Guest 16-Jan-2018 10:35
Just saw one in my front garden in Malvern, Worcestershire! I’d never seen one before in my life so had to look it up!
Guest 13-Jan-2018 12:14
Just spotted a male bull finch in my garden in Halkyn, north wales, stunning!
Guest 31-Dec-2017 12:47
Just spotted our first male Bullfinch. So exciting. In Rhondda South Wales.
Guest 17-Dec-2017 10:20
Just spotted our first bullfinch here in garden, Milton Keynes MK8
Pauline wright 04-Dec-2017 10:51
I have put a new bird feeder in my back garden and had a little visit from mr bullfinch today😊Weaverham cheshire
Guest 19-Nov-2017 11:16
There is one in my garden today in Kirby Muxloe,Leicestershire.
Guest 29-Jul-2017 16:41
Saw one Beaumont keys area of Leicester, couple of minutes ago. Was having drink in bird bath. Beautiful bird. 29/07/2017
Joy 26-Jul-2017 13:30
Just seen one 10 minutes ago in front garden came right up to the window first time I've see one so colourful
And bright , in the berry hill quarry estate Mansfield Notts
Graham 25-Jul-2017 08:10
saw one this morning LEE MILL, Plymouth.
ROZ AND TOMMY 27-Jun-2017 20:31
we saw on one of our bird feeders last night - stayed for about 5 minutes. Beautiful bird - never seen one before in garden.
Guest 26-Jun-2017 16:31
Just saw one in our garden in clarbeston road, never seen one before! Jamie
Liz 26-Jun-2017 06:15
I saw this beautiful bird on Saturday (24/6/17) in Lydstep, Pembrokeshire. I've never seen one before hence internet search.
Thomasin 23-Jun-2017 15:38
Just seen one on my mail box in Pembrokeshire Wales
Guest 22-Jun-2017 13:29
Seen the lovely Bullfinch on my apple tree,wallsend Nwecastle
Guest 21-Jun-2017 09:34
Just seen this beautiful bird in my cherry tree. Ellesmere port.cheshire
Guest 10-Jun-2017 20:06
Bullfinch , Baxenden, Accrngton, Lancashire what a treat
debbie 05-Jun-2017 17:02
Just saw a male and female bullfinch. B14. In my back garden
Kath 04-Jun-2017 09:26
Just seen this beautiful male bullfinch in my garden didn't have time to take photo in Hyde Greater Manchester I put nyger seed out been getting loads of finches not normally seen in my garden 😊
Jim Gledhill 29-May-2017 15:17
Just spotted a male bullfinch on our seed trays. Lovely colours.In Cottingham, East Yorkshire.
Jenni 27-May-2017 15:34
I just spotted two of these birds in my Garden in western Ireland. I've never seen them before, hence the internet search. Are they common in this part of the world?
Sean Kelly 19-May-2017 15:11
19/5/017 male and female feeding together here in Bradford this afternoon .never seen before
Sharon 18-May-2017 18:50
Saw one for first time in my garden yesterday in West Lothian, Scotland. Beautiful colours, hope I see it again!
Lesley 17-May-2017 15:53
Oh my just seen my first Bullfinch ever in Caterham, Surrey. Just gorgeous!
Guest 12-May-2017 17:47
See one this morning pontypridd
Mags 12-May-2017 12:59
I've just seen one in my garden this morning!
Suzanne 08-May-2017 16:57
Saw one for the first time in my garden in Newbridge, co Kildare Ireland had a female with him. Managed to take a photo
Guest 07-May-2017 06:01
Just spotted this Morning in Blackburn Lancashire
Kevin McMahon 04-May-2017 06:56
Just saw one for the first time in our garden in Longforgan, Perthshire
Rose Johnson 29-Apr-2017 16:38
We saw a male bullfinch in our garden today in Knaresborough North Yorkshire
Alex Kerr 25-Apr-2017 11:07
Just had one of these beauties in my backgarden in Gateshead .... Truely beautiful
Guest 24-Apr-2017 20:56
Seen one this morning in Queen's Park Glasgow ( Scotland)
Guest 20-Apr-2017 11:51
Just seen a beautiful male in Pulborough West sussex - never seen one before - what a treat!
Guest 14-Apr-2017 10:06
Saw this colourful chap on my South Sheffield allotment, yesterday afternoon 13/4/17.
Gerry 30-Mar-2017 18:53
Seen this beautiful bird in our garden this evening just outside Inverness, Highland.
Guest 29-Mar-2017 07:00
Just saw one in our garden - Pocklington!!!!!
Guest 25-Mar-2017 15:34
Seen one today in my garden in DONACSTER
Guest 20-Mar-2017 13:30
See one today in rushden Bedfordshire
Dorothy 06-Mar-2017 18:32
Spotted one today in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. Never seen one here before!
Mike 05-Mar-2017 11:54
Just seen a male and female bullfinch by my garden in marchwood
Michelle 23-Feb-2017 18:26
Saw one today, Lillyhall Workington Cumbria
Hilary 14-Feb-2017 11:06
Just spotted one in my garden in Sheffield
margart 01-Feb-2017 09:39
Margaret just seen 3 males and 2 or 3 females in my garden, first time i have seen them cha[elhall airdrie scotland
Guest 16-Jan-2017 09:32
Male and female in my garden daily.very pretty little birds. Kingskerswell devon
Guest 15-Jan-2017 13:15
just seen two in my garden in face by north yorkshire
Julie Dean 15-Jan-2017 11:02
Just seen two male in my garden in leigh
rosie williams 14-Jan-2017 13:28
just seen this bird in my garden in sharoness berkeley. not seen him before 14 january 2017
Susan Watson 13-Jan-2017 15:46
Just seen one on the shore of Ennerdale lake, Cumbria.
Ann 12-Jan-2017 11:46
Just spotted 2 in my garden in Kirkintilloch
Amanda 08-Jan-2017 13:26
Just spotted a male one in my garden in Kilmarnock, never seen one before, truly beautiful
Jane 03-Oct-2016 02:59
One of these beautiful birds ran into a window where I work and died instantly. We all thought, what a shame.
Guest 03-Aug-2016 17:08
Male Bullfinch in the garden, never seen one before in Barnet, Herts
Jeff townend 02-Jul-2016 15:10
Male bullfinch in our garden been visiting for the last week.Bradford West Yorkshire
Sindy 24-Jun-2016 16:16
Just seen a beautiful male bullfinch in my garden in Lincoln
Dave 18-Jun-2016 14:43
Saw a male for the first time in my garden in Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire this morning stunning colours, hope he comes back again
Gem 21-Apr-2016 10:41
I have two pairs of beautiful Bullfinches who dine out on my apple blossom daily. ( how can I mind! ). They always hang out as a foursome. Oakengates, telford.
Guest 20-Apr-2016 19:38
Seen a pair in normanby Teesside
Guest 09-Apr-2016 07:55
Just spotted a pair on my garden fence in Accrington.
Mary 27-Mar-2016 18:36
We just had one in garden Great Malvern
nev 14-Mar-2016 15:34
my mate s just seen one at ranmoor uni sheffield
Michelle 14-Mar-2016 13:06
Bullfinch seen in Horton Heath, Hampshire.
Guest 10-Mar-2016 19:12
spotted this morning in wooded area at the back of my home Kidderminster
Guest 27-Feb-2016 09:50
Spotted male and female in garden , livingston, west Lothian
Lynette Todd 24-Feb-2016 20:30
Spotted in Sharpness Gloucestershire 24 2 2016 near old dock
Guest 23-Feb-2016 08:47
Spotted one a few days ago and again this morning in my back garden in Hamilton , South Lanarkshire , Scotland .
Guest 17-Feb-2016 19:00
Seen 2 pairs in Broxburn west Lothian have seen them several time in the past 3 months
Guest 15-Feb-2016 15:41
Spotted today by garden pond, lovely colour on breast. Milford on Sea. New Forest. Hants.
Guest 11-Feb-2016 12:44
Pair spotted feeding of trees in the park behind my home in Falkirk, Scotland. Beautiful!
Guest 08-Feb-2016 21:49
Pair spotted east ardsley Yorkshire in garden
Guest 07-Feb-2016 16:27
Spotted today Tadley, Hampshire
Guest 01-Feb-2016 16:54
Spotted in the back garden, yesterday - Leicestershire.
Guest 21-Jan-2016 21:43
seen yesterday in back garden Sedgefield co durham. Beautiful
guest 18-Jan-2016 15:30
just seen three of these on bushes over the black garden never seen them before beauiful birds wigan
Guest 17-Jan-2016 09:16
Just seen this beautiful bird at Harlyn, Cornwall.
Guest 12-Jan-2016 13:36
Should have added Minsteracres is in Northumberland
Guest 12-Jan-2016 13:34
Seen Minsteracres 12.01.2016 1.30pm
Beautiful bird
Patricia Hosking 06-Jan-2016 12:13
Just seen a pair of these feeding on a bush in our garden, Porthleven, West Cornwall. Beautiful birds.
Guest 24-Dec-2015 12:31
Seen 4 of these at Grangewood Chesterfield. 24th December 2015 at 12.30pm. Never ever seen one before !!
Guest 18-Oct-2015 09:41
Just seen this bird in the trees behind my house feeding on the seed from the tree in Derrylin Northern Ireland...
Paul 28-Jul-2015 10:12
Just seen this beautiful bird in the cherry tree in our garden Shropshire
Matthew Bloomfield 20-Jul-2015 12:14
Just seen one of these males in my garden, what a beautiful bird....
Jane Simpson 13-Jul-2015 17:36
Just seen this in my garden in Osmington, Dorset, beautiful !
e Morris 27-Jun-2015 15:21
Just seen a bull chaffinch in my garden in Herefordshire. Beautiful bird .😊
Lee 26-Jun-2015 08:32
Just seen one at the window. Penzance, Cornwall.
Kelly 21-Jun-2015 06:45
Delighted to have just seen this beautiful bird in my garden..Dunfermline, Fife. 😊
Patricia Ellis 20-Jun-2015 18:18
Saw both male and female , what beautiful birds, Scotland xxx
laney arlow 20-Jun-2015 09:04
what a great surprise to see two in my back garden this morning they are amazing birds felt privileged to see them a first for me. offord darcy, cambs
Gary 17-Jun-2015 21:17
Saw male and female together in my back yard tonight, been hanging about last couple of days. Co. Antrim Northern ireland
Elaine Bowers 17-Jun-2015 16:34
Hi. Saw one in my garden this am. Eating the food id put out
Jill 14-Jun-2015 13:15
A male bullfinch flew into my garden which is next to a busy road in Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan on 14/6/15. What a beautiful bird.
jenny Hawkins 07-Jun-2015 17:48
Hello just spotted a male Bull finch in the back garden, I have had to look it up as I have never seen one before. Beautiful colouring.
Chesterfield Derbyshire 7/06/2015 @ 18.45
Aimee Davison 01-Jun-2015 20:05
Hi, we spotted a bullfinch in Preston park, Yarm Stockton on tees yesterday. Beautiful!
Guest 01-Jun-2015 13:53
Just seen a male bullfinch in back garden in Partington not seen one before.
Guest 27-May-2015 08:43

Just seen a male and female in the garden in Hyde Cheshire ,never seen them before.
Eddie 22-May-2015 17:56
Male in our garden tonight in Aberdeen didn't know what it was hadn't seen one before
Jan 18-May-2015 18:01
Just seen our first male Bullfinch in our Cotswold garden today.
Chris 13-May-2015 17:18
Just seen Male and Female together in my garden, Derry N.Ireland
Guest 13-May-2015 08:17
Just seen a male in my garden in Ayr, a delight to see.
Guest 13-May-2015 07:56
Just saw a male at my school in Edinburgh, never seen one before but it was so lovely I had to find out what it was.
Shelley 11-May-2015 14:41
One male just tried to get in my office window. Sheffield, 3.15pm
Michelle 09-May-2015 15:34
Just saw 2 male and 2female on Abbott Bromley never seen them before we have many different sort of birds
Guest 06-May-2015 06:59
Just saw one out back of mine in Prestwich never seen one before.
Guest 02-May-2015 07:37
Just seen one in our back garden in east devon. Striking red breast.
Guest 26-Apr-2015 14:19
Just saw a pair on a tree near the river irvine close to Crookedholm, Kilmarnock.
Ellie 24-Apr-2015 21:01
Saw my first male bullfinch this year in walford, North Herefordshire, never seen one before, striking looking bird.
Guest 24-Apr-2015 16:19
A male in our garden today in marlborpugh - a beauty!
Guest 03-Apr-2015 10:26
Two females and one male in our garden, Thorhill Dumfriesshire
Guest 26-Mar-2015 12:13
I've just seen one in West Yorkshire, didn't know what bird it was, hence my look up on here. Striking red breast.
Guest 10-Mar-2015 15:27
saw 4 in my garden never seen them before in Irvine
Guest 02-Mar-2015 16:20
Saw one 4 days ago - have never seen one before :)
Guest 25-Feb-2015 14:22
Just saw one in the back garden feeding on the spring buds on the tree beautiful bird
MARTIN CORNES 22-Feb-2015 11:49

Just to let you know my wife and i spotted one in our garden close to our bird feeders. Light Oaks, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs.
Guest 15-Feb-2015 12:10
Just looking at one one in my back garden in Ibstock Leicestershire, nibbling away at the branch of my neighbours fruit tree.
Philip Quinn 13-Feb-2015 17:48
Today rugby train station so beautiful to see 130215
hugh 12-Feb-2015 08:56
Saw one on Tuesday morning in llangenech, south Wales, stunning looking bird.
kay 11-Feb-2015 02:13
Saw 2 of birds today in my garden in Tamworth they came twice they were eating the fruit from my verbena tree. Never seen them in my life befor had to Google them shock to find out they are british birds with thoses colours.
Jon 07-Feb-2015 21:09
Saw 2 bull finches in the garden in Offham, Kent today. Feb 2015
dave 05-Feb-2015 11:24
Just saw bullfinch out side my flat dinas Rhondda.
aeaston 01-Feb-2015 12:16
Just seen one in Canterbury, Kent. Very bright red colour with obvious white under tail and black head. Sat in the tree outside my window.
Guest 29-Jan-2015 09:45
Just seen one in back garden. Not knowing what it was I used google. Lol lovely coulors
Guest 24-Jan-2015 12:29
Male seen in moreton Pinkney, northamptonshire
Eddie FITSALL 23-Jan-2015 15:57
Saw male bullfinch in front Garden Llantrisant RCT on21/01/15
Colin 23-Jan-2015 11:56
3/4 male spotted in Ballyfin Laois Ireland today . Thanks for gallery to verify!
Kris 22-Jan-2015 10:37
Male Bullfinch spotted on 13th December 2014 - What a gorgeous looking bird
guest 21-Jan-2015 16:15
We had a sighting in ryde isle of wight
Guest 16-Jan-2015 11:15
Two in my garden in Daventry Northamptonshire. Beautiful.
Guest 14-Jan-2015 19:38
We have one in our garden in South Gloucestershire. 14\1\2015
Guest 13-Jan-2015 11:30
Just seen 4 Bullfinches in the trees in my back garden ... Beautiful little birds Eliz Holywood Northern Ireland
Guest 04-Jan-2015 12:28
Just spotted this bird in my front garden. Had no idea what type of bird until I found it on this website. Den from Shilbottle, Northumberland.
Des Kearns 14-Dec-2014 08:52
Saw two of these in my front garden yesterday - really vivid orangey pink colours. Des from Derby
Terry Clark 12-Dec-2014 15:06
I have just saw this bird bright orange in a tree at the bottom of my garden in gateshead Tyne and Wear iv never seen one before so I had to Google it to find out what it was
Guest 18-Oct-2014 09:39
Just seen a male in the hedgerow beside my house in Chorleywood, Herts.
Did not know what he was till looked him up here. Thanks
Karen 17-Jul-2014 09:10
I saw a beautiful male this morning in Camborne in Cornwall on the site of former mining works.
Jill 14-Jul-2014 10:53
Just seen our first male and female bullfinch what a treat ! Beautiful birds ,hope this is the first of many visits to our southampton garden
Guest 08-Jul-2014 19:34
saw my first male bullfinch today in elland west yorkshire. amazing beautiful bird.
Gaynor. 30-Jun-2014 13:50
The branches of a bush in my front garden in Preston, Lancashire just started jerking in a strange way and then out popped this handsome fellow. He perched for a few minutes and was either eating insects or small buds. He didn't turn his body to eat, but just kept leaning backwards with his head, leaving his claws in the same position. He was somewhere between a large sparrow and a thrush in size - very striking. This is the first time I have seen a bullfinch and I identified him from this image - thank you!
Guest 19-Jun-2014 11:53
Just begun visiting our garden in Balsall Common near Solihull. Very striking bird
Nicola Schulz 18-Jun-2014 19:42
male and female spotted feeding in Fletching, East Sussex. A regular sighting at dinner time (6-8pm)
vicki Bennett 14-Jun-2014 19:59
Seen both male and female in my garden today fantastic bright colour in male
in marton in cleveland
Lisa 09-Jun-2014 05:31
Just seen a male bullfinch on my olive tree in Manchester. Came on here to identify it because I didn't know what it was. First time I have seen one. Beautiful colours.
Paul N 07-Jun-2014 10:42
Male bullfinch spotted in my back garden in Bradford. This is the first time I have seen a bullfinch and I must say I am amazed! I haven't seen such a beautiful bird around these parts for a long while.
Debra956 30-May-2014 18:40
Just seen the most beautiful male bullfinch. And for the first Congleton, Cheshire. Blown away!
Lynne 28-May-2014 19:47
Just seen a beautiful male bullfinch with very crusty cream coloured thick legs. Any ideas as to what the problem might be, poor thing.
Paul 28-May-2014 19:11
I too just saw my first male bullfinch :)
Oxted, Surrey 20.13
jo Taylor 27-May-2014 07:12
I have seen my first Bullfinch...absolutely vibrant colours in my garden. I am an eager bird feeder and have a wild variety feed here. I even have a woodpecker come in every morning. I'm so blessed to have them all coming in....Somerset
Guest 26-May-2014 16:12
lovely pair on the bird feeders--Derbyshire
Gibbo 25-May-2014 10:31
My daughter and I have just seen our first ever Bullfinch, how lucky are we, not just one but two, both males together on the same fence. Superbly bright in colour, didn't know what they were until we found this page. The wonders of google - near Kenilworth, Warwickshire
andy 25-May-2014 07:49
red mail that is
andy 25-May-2014 07:49
just seen my first bullfinch at the age of 55 in Malvern
Guest 24-May-2014 15:14
Ps were in audley stoke on trent
Guest 24-May-2014 15:13
Just seen a male in our back garden hes hanging around first time weve ever seen one absolutely beautiful
Grace Lynk 24-May-2014 10:26
Just seen one sat on my badminton net in the garden in Kirkby in Ashfield Nottinghamshire
Guest 24-May-2014 09:28
Just seen one in my garden in west Wales
Janinamaria 23-May-2014 09:15
Last night I saw the most amazing colours on this bird, so vibrant.
Nicola Lawrence 22-May-2014 11:27
Just seen one on my garden fence in harrogate, beautiful and stunning. At first I thought it was something exotic .
Anna 20-May-2014 07:22
Just had one in my garden in Altrincham, Cheshire. Absolutely beautiful.
Guest 11-May-2014 17:05
Just had one in my garden, talk about vibrant colours
will 10-May-2014 18:48
7 35pm spotted this bird feeding in my hanging feeder wondered what type checked don't see many.fife
marianne battson 10-May-2014 09:32
Just seen this beautiful bird in my garden on a wet Friday tea time, Halesowen, west mids
M Caudwell 09-May-2014 10:14
Just seen a male in my garden. Beautiful.
Victoria 08-May-2014 19:34
Just seen a male and female in my garden in stoke-on-trent. Beautiful 😄
Victoria 08-May-2014 19:32
Just se
Guest 04-May-2014 10:17
Just had a male and female in my garden, Middlesbrough. Stunning bird.
Guest 29-Apr-2014 09:25
Just saw one this morning in my garden in Edinburgh. A first for me. Beautiful!
Per 26-Apr-2014 07:11
My dayghter spotted the pink-chested male this morning in our garden. We have a male and a female in our garden munching away on our apple blossom. They look beautiful!
Michael Baker 05-Apr-2014 12:48
Mike Warrington just seen one in my garden could not get my camera out quick enough to take a photograph Saturday 5th April 20143
Guest 17-Mar-2014 14:53
Saw one in my friends garden in fulwood. Preston
Jayne 01-Mar-2014 09:32
Saw one in my front garden in Harrogate, Yorkshire this morning.
Guest 19-Feb-2014 10:34
Seen one just today in Penzance, Cornwall, busy eating early buds!! Don't think I've seen one before but got the binoculars on it before it flew off - beautiful bird!!
Guest 05-Feb-2014 12:25
i'm so pleased to know the name to these beautiful birds, i had a male and female bullfinch in my back garden lastweek, eating a seed ball...; ))
pat lennon newry 02-Feb-2014 20:03
Seen a male bullfinch feeding in my back garden on Saturday afternoon in newry county down
David Kirton 01-Feb-2014 13:36
Two couples outside in my hawthorn tree today
Guest 30-Jan-2014 16:50
have seen 2 today in our garden near Church Stretton, Shropshire
Guest 19-Jan-2014 22:54
i live in newcastle co down northern ireland and this bird was in my garden today 19th january beautiful sight
babs 12-Jan-2014 11:05
just had a visit from this beautiful coloured bird hope it comes again had to go on line to find out what it was
George C 24-Dec-2013 14:38
Just saw two of these guys in the back garden
Guest 14-Dec-2013 11:37
We have just seen this very pretty bird in our garden. Lea, Ross on Wye.
Kate G 15-Nov-2013 10:15
I have just been blessed with a visit from a male bullfinch in my garden in Co. Waterford, Ireland. Like many others I had to go on line to identify it. I hope he stays awhile.
Guest 13-Nov-2013 14:10
I have lived in the contryside all my life and this is the very first time i have seen a Bullfinch in my garden feeding on berries he was very beautiful.
Gary L 28-Oct-2013 12:25
28th October 2013.
I have just seen a male Bullfinch eating the berries of the mature Rowan trees in my garden in North Bristol. He is a new visitor to the garden and was among a selection of varied Finches. Thanks to your site for helping me to identify this little chap.
Anne B 22-Jun-2013 16:06
22nd June 2013
Just sat in car on drive for five minutes watching male Bullfinch eating at our seeder. It was great, can we do more to encourage it to return/
Mike FW 03-Jun-2013 11:02
I moved into a first floor flat in Shrewsbury and put up a bird feeder on a 're-engineered' coathanger just outside my sitting room. The idea was to attract some wildlife and enhance my view as well as feed local birds.

I've had the usual sparrows but this morning I spotted a most remarkable looking bird feeding from my feeder - it turned out to be a bull finch, brilliant, stunningly attractive, well worth the exepense for even a brief glimpse.
Guest 29-May-2013 06:58
Wow. Just seen a male Bullfinch for the first time in my garden. Stunning!
Elaine W 05-May-2013 18:26
I have just seen a male bullfinch in my garden. Truly beautiful, so colourful and bright. I have never seen one before and have come online to identify it - Hazel Grove, Stockport, Cheshire.
Elaine fitzpatrick 29-Jan-2013 20:50
Have a pair come into garden for the past 3 weeks, beautiful birds.
Guest 23-Jan-2013 11:35
One just crashed into our window ( South Wales ) we are just trying to bring it around.
Tracy M 23-Jan-2013 10:01
I have a pair of these in my back garden (Herefordshire/Shropshire border), had to check on line to identify as I only caught a quick glance of the male a few days ago and thought it was an incredibly large robin! Now we have a lot of snow I got a better look, checked this site, and feel kinda silly :S
Guest 20-Jan-2013 14:26
Saw a couple of Bull Finchs in our garden this morning. Have only seen them a few times here in Northern Ireland near Lurgan.
Guest 19-Jan-2013 13:33
two beautiful specimens seen in sussex on the boarder of kent - eating our rose!
Guest 18-Jan-2013 13:52
Just saw three of these birds in my garden (2 male and 1 female). Had to look it up online as they are the most beautiful birds I've ever seen. Truly stunning.
Guest 06-Jan-2013 11:32
I saw an amazing looking bullfinch in my garden yesterday for the first time. I do hope he makes another visit. Bradford- West Yorkshire
Guest 16-Dec-2012 14:21
Just saw two males in my back garden overlooking the Don Valley near Penistone, South Yorkshire. Such beautiful birds. This is the best photo I have seen - the others I googled are far too pale. "My" Bullfinches are, if anything, even brighter but sadly flew off as soon as I opened the door, camera in hand.
John 01-Dec-2012 10:17
Just noticed bright orange breasted bird in the hedge - absolutley stunning sight - first time visit to our surroundings - looked up online to identify it - Sevenoaks Kent
Guest 25-Oct-2012 15:16
Just spoted this bird in my garden today for the first time ever i had to go on line to identify it beautiful bird over run with blue tits most of the time so this bird was a pleasure to see.
Guest 25-Oct-2012 15:16
Just spoted this bird in my garden today for the first time ever i had to go on line to identify it beautiful bird over run with blue tits most of the time so this bird was a pleasure to see.
Lesley Edwards 24-Jun-2012 13:12
I had a male Bullfinch in my garden today. He had a bright orange chest and he was making alot of noise. So I had to look it up to see what bird it was.
Julie 23-Jun-2012 22:14
I have not seen a Bullfinch for about 6 years ! They are one of my favourite birds- how could I entice one, or better still two, into my garden ? I live in a rural area. We have got loads of Goldfinches at tha moment.
christine dodds 15-Jun-2012 18:32
mrs dodds co.durham amazed to see this bird in my garden at newton aycliffe having never ever seen one out side of books. it truly is beautiful, and it makes you feel truly privalidged to meet it.
sharron gray 11-Jun-2012 17:16
sharron gray northern ireland i seen a bullfinch in my garden last week noone knew what type of bird it was ive just found the pic on here its a lovely bird and has a lovely coulering on it it doesent seem to come in my garden much also i have only seen one of these birds does anyone know if they come round in couples many thanks
STEVE WORTHINGTON 06-Jun-2012 13:18
Ian 05-Jun-2012 17:22
Regular visitor to our garden in a village nesr the lake and in woodland, northg Wales. Both male and female.
Veronica Swinden 04-Jun-2012 22:42
I saw a lovely bull finch in my garden this morning. The first time I have ever seen one. Hope it comes back. It was beautiful. I live in Rochdale.
Leonie Nuttall 03-Jun-2012 19:15
My daughter spotted one in our garden tonight and alerted me to look.Beautiful looking bird,never seen one before and lovely bright colour.we live amongst alot of woodland with a river behind, going off description of ideal surroundings,here is perfect.Hope to see again soon.
Guest 03-Jun-2012 18:41
Just spotted one in my cherry tree in the front garden, beautiful bird,, couldn't believe it - it was the first time I have seen one, I had to look it up to see what it was. Newcastle, Co.Down Northern Ireland
Guest 03-Jun-2012 18:38
Just spotted one in my cherry tree in the front garden, beautiful bird,, couldn't believe it - it was the first time I have seen one, I had to look it up to see what it was.
mel 03-Jun-2012 13:57
seen a couple in a little wood in front of our house feeding off the tree , what a great site spectacular colour , never seen them before in this area (burntwood) hope they return
Guest 30-May-2012 08:25
when I came home from work on monday there was a male bullfinch on my birdtable he was beautifull and I was so thrilled he stayed for nearly an hour but hasent been back since but I live in hope GAIL FROM CORNWALL
Andy 30-May-2012 08:02
Just seen a pair on my front wall in Wakefield (West Yorkshire) ... amazing !!
nick 20-May-2012 17:20
saw a male in tonbridge kent eating dandelion seed heads on the lawn
Guest 12-May-2012 19:34
Couple of bull finches living in the apple trees nearby come to my bird feeder at least
twice a day.He usually comes first and she later no longer visit together as they did three
weeks ago.Slightest movement and they are off back to the trees to disappear into the blossom.
Guest 04-May-2012 12:53
We have a pair that come to our feeder to eat sunflower seed daily at the moment. Handsome looking birds. Newington Edinburgh.
Guest 04-May-2012 08:24
Just this second seen one tapping at my window before flying off into the bush, so beautiful!!
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
Guest 02-May-2012 21:34
Saw one early evening today in the Cherry Blossom outside my home. Beautiful
jeanette 08-Apr-2012 21:47
I have a male and a female Bullfinch in my garden at this time the male is a lovely colour it was a surprize to see them
Guest 06-Apr-2012 09:47
Just saw a pair in my back garden. The Murrays, Edinburgh. Beautiful!
angie 03-Apr-2012 16:45
just saw one of these on our bird feeder beautiful. newcastle under lyme staffordshire.
Alan 01-Apr-2012 10:20
Just saw a pair in my garden, absolutely beautiful. Didsbury Manchester
guest 08-Mar-2012 14:28
just had two of these on our garden. wasn't sure what they were so looked them up. beautiful looking birds. another with them but chest not so bright though would that be female?
Leila 07-Mar-2012 16:46
As a previous city dweller, I don't know many breeds of birds. I happened to see two of these trying to get into the bird box, but sadly didn't fit:( didnt know what they were so searched the Internet and came across your beautiful picture. I now have ball feeders and coconut feeders hanging from the tree to enable this little fellows to feast amongs the many different birds that visit my garden.
Guest 28-Feb-2012 08:15
Saw a bullfinch in our garden this weekend - didn't know what it was but as it was so beautiful I had to look it up. Your photo and description are spot on. Hope that it returns to our garden soon. Hook Norton- Oxfordshire

Guest 20-Feb-2012 16:12
Saw a pair of bullfinches in my garden today in Chepstow. Beautiful!
Guest 19-Feb-2012 16:15
love seeing the bullfinch in my garden everyday leicestershire
Guest 19-Feb-2012 16:13
have to feeders in my garden and everyday i am delighted by the presence of the bullfinch
Guest 19-Feb-2012 11:28
Just saw one in my garden - South Holmwood Surrey
Guest 09-Feb-2012 20:34
Just saw one in work car paek ashton vale bristol
Graham 09-Feb-2012 16:26
One outside my garden office in Grayswood, Surrey
Guest 05-Feb-2012 17:13
got two in my back garden first time ever from swansea valley
Guest 03-Feb-2012 20:55
just seen male and female flying along hedgerow lumsden beck norton teeside first time ever fantastic
Guest 31-Jan-2012 11:48
Saw one bullfinchwith inflated chest pushing against a daffodil leaf in my garden today (31/01/12). First sighting for me in N.Hampshire. Christine
Rob 28-Jan-2012 19:20
Just seen six of these birds in a tree outside my window. Got a great picture and video. Live in Launceston Cornwall.
Guest 27-Jan-2012 15:54
Just seen a total of 6 all sitting in a tree together,looked like 3 males and 3 females,never seen these here before, leicester.
Claire 24-Jan-2012 11:09
Have one of these in my garden today - live between Dundee and Aberdeen.
marc and saul 15-Jan-2012 12:52
Thanks to this photograph my son and I were able to confirm sighting of a male Bullfinch. Seen the bird chewing at some buds on a tree in Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland 15/01/12
Declan O Sullivan 05-Jan-2012 14:21
My dad and I saw a Male Bullfinch in our garden yesterday ( 4/1/2012) in Oakpark Tralee Co.Kerry. He was eating the bark of the ACER palmatum 'Garnet'. He looked to be in great health. Our first sighting of the Male Bullfinch in our garden! Ciara.
lee edwards 03-Oct-2011 21:40
hi , im hoping you can help me although my details are very unsure lol, whilst working i spotted a small finch size bird which i believe was very similar to this bull finch except the breast had less red with 2 black stripes running down either side and continuing around the body , ps has strange as this sounds the breast could of been yellow. a shot in the dark i know and not very useful but its head doing not knowing what it was, as you can tell im not a keen bird watcher although i do try and show a little interest . also great pics
Guest 28-Jun-2011 07:20
We have just been watching a pair of bullfinches in our garden in Derby. First time ever
Keith 25-Jun-2011 17:33
Saw one on Pevensey Marshes in East Sussex. Just sitting on a branch right next to the busy A259. Very striking
gayle smith 21-Jun-2011 09:37
what a lovely little bird have seen him twice now just outside our front door am not much into birds but just had to find out what he was thank you as i now know he was a male bullfinch. hope to see him again soon x
Guest 19-Jun-2011 18:43
For the first time I saw a pair of Bullfinch in my garden in Glasgow. I have never seen them before so your website was fantastic thank you .
guest 19-Jun-2011 13:49
just spotted a mail bullfinch on my bird table.very beautiful bird. hayling island june 2011.
Ann 12-Jun-2011 18:08
Ann 12-Jun-2011 18:04
I have just seen a beautiful bird in my garden cant find out what it is
Looked like a bullfinch, shape, size ,beak etc but was very dark grey no white and jet black cap .
Could it be a female bullfinch ? if not any ideas?
Love the photos.
Geraldine 06-Jun-2011 18:10
I saw this bird for the first time last week in our back garden. It was so beautiful I wanted to find out what it was and thanks to your fabulous website I can find out lots more about this striking bird. Thank you
Guest 01-Jun-2011 05:35
Had a male Bullfinch in my garden yesterday on the Isle of Gigha. Identified it from this picture, thank you
Guest 30-May-2011 13:26
thanks for such wonderful photo. used it to identify a bird who arrived with his female companion today in stourbridge west midlands 30th may 2011
Arnie Robinson 29-May-2011 15:51
I recently saw one these bluefinch at my golf club whilst waiting to play. Beautiful bird. Seen in Conlig, Bangor
Irene Lowdon 28-May-2011 13:36
Hi there,
Just had both a female and beautiful male bullfinch in the garden - this is the first time I have spotted them and they are a tad early for the unripened blackcurrants!
Irene - Carlisle, Cumbria
cathygee 22-May-2011 06:34
hi just had a beautiful male bullfinch in our garden we feed the birds all year round and to see this lovely bird makes it all worth while we also get jays in the garden
Jonathan 01-Apr-2011 09:32
Just seen one in our garden, it was gorgeous. He was so bright and very quick. Hopefully he will be back. We have couple of blue tits, and couple of red breasts with fledglings. Beautiful! Does anyone know what to feed the bullfinch?? Really would like to attract him more. (Underwood, Nottingham)
Guest 16-Mar-2011 11:31
Just seen a male and female bullfinch on bird feeder. Gorgeous birds.
MRS K EVANS 15-Mar-2011 11:20
Guest 15-Mar-2011 09:16
had 2 bullfinches in my garden this morning.Really brightened my day
Guest 25-Feb-2011 16:47
spotted a beautiful bullfinch in my garden (helensburgh, scotland) this morning. it was eating buds from one of my shrubs. my kids thought it looked amazing and wouldn't go to school till it flew away.
faye Gordge 11-Jan-2011 13:27
I see one of these beautiful birds at the back of my garden eating old berries. I could not take my eyes of off it. Wasnt too sure what type of bird it was until I see this picture.
Guest 26-Dec-2010 13:29
Just identified the pretty bird in our garden as male bullfinch, outstanding colours amongst the snow!(South Leigh Oxfordshire)Marvellous.
Guest 24-Dec-2010 10:25
Great site, 5 Bullfinches in our garden today near Cardiff.
Suze123 21-Dec-2010 12:35
We have just had a visit from Male Bullfinch feeding with the Bluetits outside window at work, made our day, had no idea what it was until identified from your Photo Gallery. Spotted in Morton Park Darlington.
Guest 19-Dec-2010 17:31
Thank you for your beautiful photos! With your help, I was also able to identify the male bullfinch at my seed feeder. Going to get out the binoculars and scan for the female. Very exciting. Near Great Dunmow, Essex
Grunt 27-Nov-2010 15:05
bad snow in Llandrindod wells (POWYS) prompted me to feed a load of Starlings, in amoungst them was one of these beauts. recognised from your web page.
Megan 24-Jul-2010 15:26
Had a brief visit from one almost exactly as described by Gary from Edinburgh-I live in Fife-it sat for no more than a couple of minutes on the tree beside the feeder then left as quickly as it came. Never seen one before,get only chaffinches not even goldfinches,so we were delighted for however brief a time.
Guest 11-Jun-2010 08:33
Just had a male and female in our garden in Clifton, Manchester. Identified from your photos.
Chris Dale 02-Jun-2010 17:02
Just had a male bullfinch, identified from your photo, on my garden fence above my seedfeeder in the outskirts of Edinburgh. It didn't feed, flew away after a couple of minutes. I don't remember seeing one before yet I grew up in the countryside in Dumfriesshire!
mr.c.fry 27-May-2010 09:13
i have just seen a pair of finches that i cannot identify.similar coloration to the bullfinch yet having a black cap and tail and less white near the tail.the female being predominantly grey with black cap and tail.neither had black near the beak.they were hovering at low level,feeding on dandelion seeds.can anyone please assist with an ident?many thanks.
Guest 21-May-2010 22:31
We have a pair of these birds regularly visiting trees opposite our house in the suburbs of Glasgow. They have been around for a couple of weeks. Found out what they were called after visiting this site.
Ann Williams 12-May-2010 14:57
We had an unidentified pair of birds in our garden today. Thanks to your pictures we have been able to identify them as a male and female bullfinch. Neither my husband nor I have seen bullfinches in the flesh (feathers) before. Thanks for helping us to identify them. Ann Williams
Jenn 18-Mar-2010 16:45
I'm pretty sure I saw 2 of these at the top of my garden last week where there's a row of conifers. I get alot of robins but these were a bit bigger and it was mainly the white that stood out to me. Trans Pennine trail runs at the back of my garden so I'm lucky to see a lot of birds but these prompted my searching on line...I can't stop looking and hoping they come back!
Eddie Bulfin 13-Feb-2010 12:35
Just saw the first Bullfinch in my garden. We get other finches, but never this species, the colours are so bright it has made my day seeing it.
alan edwards 14-Jan-2010 10:52
just had a male bullfinch in my silver birch tree this morning,its the first time this bird bird as visited my garden,and what a sight...amazing colours
Gilly 10-Jan-2010 11:51
I've had 1 of these in the garden all week. I've tried to take some pics and will put them on later . I think I'm becoming a twitcher!
Margi 08-Jan-2010 20:52
A male bullfinch visited my garden today. It is the first time ever that I have seen this strikingly beautiful bird. Had to check the RSPB website to find what type of bird I had seen. Then, I found your image of one. Fantastic!! What a great start to 2010 seeing such a rare sight! Margi, Chester, Cheshire.
val 08-Jan-2010 10:49
had two male bullfinches in my garden this week fabulous had no idea till now what they were
annie k22-Jun-2008 07:41
Wow and double wow Gary - this is a fabulous shot .... you don't often get a chance like this - awesome!
Guest 29-May-2008 17:10
Saw what looked like a breeding pair today in Nottingham. No idea what they were until I came here! :)
Maria Meageen 19-May-2008 18:51
Just spotted a male and female in our back garden.Didn't know what sort of birds they were and had to look them up.Maria, Wombourne,West Midlands.
Guest 04-May-2008 16:44
we have both male and female bullfinch visit our back garden,first sighting was wed 30 april 2008, this is the very first time we have ever seen these birds,we have seen them every day since,at first we thought they were an over seas bird ,until we looked them up on the net.
joan and ally edinburgh.
Guest 04-May-2008 08:19
spotted a bullfinch 1/5/o8 in swansea on my apple tree which is just starting to blossom didn't know what it was until i saw this site
derek kavanagh 10-Apr-2008 08:33
spotted the bullfinch in my back garden today the 10/04/2008 at 9am,locatin, rankin rise, greenock
gillian 10-Mar-2008 22:05
Seen male and female bullfinch yesterday in our garden. Never seen these before. Very attractive birds.
jan 07-Mar-2008 10:54
Just spotted four Bull Finches. Did not know what they were until I found this website so thank you.
Coleg Llandrillo 05-Mar-2008 14:03
My colleagues and I spotted both a male and female bull finch on the bushes outside our office on the St Asaph Business Park, North Wales
Shaun 18-Feb-2008 18:47
I saw a male and female Bullfinch in the lay-by opposite the Weston-On-The-Green airfield last week.They were feeding in the hedge on buds like the write up says.
I - in my ignorance - thought that it was an exotic bird that had escaped from an Avery.Still if it's on the red list i'm quite chuffed at having seen a rare British bird.
Guest 27-Jan-2008 22:23
Whilst doing the RSPB's Birdwatch today with my daughter we spotted at the birdfeeder a male bullfinch. So distinct and bright we had to look it up to be sure. Jan 27th 2008
N Marks 27-Dec-2007 15:06
We spotted a male bullfinch feeding on the bushes in our garden this morning (Dec 27 2007). We live in a western suburb of Cardiff, UK.

I'm not a twitcher and I don't remember seeing one before so had to find what we'd seen. The colour on this bird was fantastically vivid. Very pleasing to see something on the RSPB's Red List.

He was in the garden a few minutes but hasn't returned yet. Plumage will be a clear giveaway though.
Suzette A Paduano23-Nov-2007 20:46
Love the color!