Chaffinch, King’s Park
As we haven’t quite got back into the swing of things with our birding lately, we’re bringing some pictures taken earlier of a bird we haven’t focused on before: the chaffinch.
The chaffinch is a very common bird found in parks, gardens and countryside. The one above was taken in King’s Park, but we’ve seen them in many different locations.
The one we’ve pictured is a male, which, like many other species, is prettier than the female. The male carries a lovely chestnuty pink chest and blue cap, whereas the female is mainly brown. They both have the distinctive white wing bars, often an identifying feature when you see them in flight.
The above picture was taken down the Chesterfield canal last week – another location where they can be seen frequently.
Its call is a distinctive “pink” sound (hence the title), and its song in the spring and summer is a beautiful descending scale ending in a flourish.
Chaffinches breed between April and July and typically lay 3-6 eggs. They eat insects and seeds, and often take advantage of feeders in the garden we put out for them.
The chaffinch is a year-round resident in the UK, and often joined in autumn and winter by the similar brambling. Bramblings should be arriving any time now – so we’re looking out for them and will keep you updated as soon as we spot one!