There’s a small, noisy flock of birds in the trees in this Italian park. I think they might be Siskins. They’re too small for Greenfinches. I’ve seen Siskins before in Italy:
These are different, though.
They look so beautiful against the azure sky. They must be Serins. I’ve seen a Serin in Italy before too:
I thought it looked like a Siskin then as well, but knew it wasn’t.
There’s a male in the trees:
He’s much brighter; the colour of banana toffee whirls.
Their scientific name is the imaginative Serinus serinus.
I check the RSPB’s website. There are 1-2 breeding pairs in the UK. And the number who pass through the UK in a year? Clickety click 66. That’s a tragically small number.