Linnets on the wind-burnt Sycamore

There are Linnets on the tops of the wind-burnt Sycamore trees in my garden:

Linnets - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They love being up high on bare, exposed branches to sing and to watch for danger.

Linnets - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Down south I’ve seen them in blossom:

Linnet in blossom

Here they seem a much hardier bunch:

Linnets - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I’ve seen them with the males in bright red breeding plumage:

Linnets

Linnets - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

In this Ladybird book from the 1950s it was described as a common bird. Now, the RSPB says, “Linnet numbers have dropped substantially over the past few decades, with the UK population estimated to have declined by 57 per cent between 1970 and 2014.”

The First Ladybird Book of British Birds – #7 The Linnet

I’m delighted that they are still here:

Linnets - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are still a joy to watch.

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