Here’s The Chaffinch from the Ladybird book of British Birds and their nests. It’s the third edition from 1955, written by Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald and illustrated by Allen W Seaby:
The text says:
It is a very common bird in England and is as much at home in London as in the open country.
Maybe that’s still true over 60 years later. The RSPB’s website says there are 6,200,000 breeding territories in the UK. I’m not sure about the London bit though.
The Chaffinch eats seeds, insects, buds and berries
It’s exhausting being so brightly coloured. It takes a lot of energy to create the complex chemistry of brightly coloured feathers. You need to have a rich diet:
I first saw a Chaffinch over forty years ago and noted it in my nature notebooks:
Forty years later I still adore seeing them do exactly the same thing.
In Chaffinches, the sexes migrate separately:
The males and females have separate winter holidays.
I look forward to the next time I hear
a lovely rollicking song.
Their call is quite distinctive:
The Chaffinch… is the bird that calls “Pink, pink” almost all day long in the spring
“Pink“? Most people say it sounds like “Finc“. And that’s probably why the Old English name is Finch.
Here’s Mr Pink.