Pyrrhula pyrrhula…

A pair of bullfinches have been munching on our damson blossom – the unmistakeable bright pink male with his bulky black head is always a delight to see (particularly at close quarters through the kitchen window!). If you want to encourage them into a garden fruit trees are the way to do it – but of course you then risk losing half the crop – bullfinches were regarded as a real pest in orchards in the past.

Their latin name – Pyrrhula pyrrhula – almost sounds like poetry, but their song is a simple fluted whistle. Pairs can often be seen darting along the hedgerows around Kineton.

Roger

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