Chaffinch

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Chaffinch

Chaffinches are one of our most colourful little birds. The picture above is that of a male. The female chaffinch is not as colourful as often happens in the bird world. You can see a picture of a female chaffinch below in the gallery, notice it's legs, it seems to be suffering from some kind of swelling or growths on them. You can also see a picture of a female with it's wings fully spread showing the lovely wing pattern. Chaffinches feed mainly on seeds and small insects. They are a common bird throughout the UK and Europe and can be attracted to any wildlife garden by putting out a mixture of wild bird seed. The male has a lovely melodic song which often fills the air in summer, especially if you go for a walk along quiet country lanes where it is not drowned by the sound of traffic. Chaffinches will quite readily visit a bird table and in some locations where people feed them regularly become very tame and may take food from the hand.

Nest: The nest can be found in the forks of trees or in bushes. It is tight and neatly made by entwining all kinds of soft materials like wool. feathers, mosses, lichens and hair.

Eggs: The eggs are grey tinged with pink and have brown blotches. There are usually 4 to 6 and they are laid in April or May.

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