Stunning Bullfinch sighted in tree moments before it was felled


I spotted this male Bullfinch in a tree moments before it was felled this morning. I showed several people this photo (residents and police), and they had no idea that such stunning birds were resident in this country, let alone in our local park.

These birds are already here – they don’t need their habitat ‘regenerated’. Felling these trees means they will go elsewhere.

Don’t local residents deserve such beautiful wildlife right on their doorstep?

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6 Responses to Stunning Bullfinch sighted in tree moments before it was felled

  1. Kipper says:

    Bullfinch are shrub, ground and hedgerow nesting birds, which is why its good shrubs are going to be planted, hedgerows better maintained and areas kept clean and clear for ground nesting.

    • pomfrog says:

      The RSPB Handbook of British Birds states that Bullfinch nest “in woodland undergrowth, thickets, shrubby areas and thick hedges”, with females building their nest “1-2 metres off the ground”. It’s the whole habitat that’s important, not just planting a few shrubs and hedgerows. Bullfinch (and a whole host of other species – see my earlier bird post for more details) are in Alexandra Park right now, with the habitat as it is.

      • jaylad says:

        Unfortunately the council and the so called professionals who drew up these plans no nothing of “established eco systems” and its meaning . Only enjoying the thought of having loads of money to spend!

  2. jaylad says:

    Where going to be left 100+ new trees which for at least 15yrs are going to be no more then a mere twigs useful only for a passing bird to rest for a moment. And shrubs that will only serve as plastic bag collecters ! TRUTH case and point,

  3. Simon Marsh says:

    Keeping areas “clean and clear” typically involves mowing the grass down to 10mm every couple of days. This is why our playing fields and golf courses aren’t full of nesting skylarks and lapwings. Ground-nesting birds don’t like human disturbance which why they tend to nest on farmland and moorland, well away from people obsessed with making nature look tidy.

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