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Fabulous Foxglove Finches!

Saturday, March 3rd 2018

From the comfort of the Field Centre it is possible to watch some stunning birds on the feeders. Redpoll are often feeding in flocks around the hopper. This typical male has a lot of red on his breast.

redpoll

Whilst the juvenile females have a plain buff-coloured breast.

redpoll female

Another colourful finch frequenting the foxglove garden is the Siskin, this male is already sporting his spectacular breeding plumage!

siskin

A young female Brambling was also caught and ringed today, it won't be long before these beautiful birds are heading back to their breeding grounds in Scandinavia. Maybe the 'Beast from the East' has delayed their return journeys.

Brambling

Where else can you watch these incredible birds from a comfy chair in a heated building with a cup of tea or coffee? If you would like to see them for yourselves please take care as the access track to the Field Centre is icy, however, there is plenty of parking space on the parade square. A short ringing session in the garden today produced 51 birds of 10 species in less than 3 hours!


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