The Wet Woodland Bird Survey
Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
|Appearance||A plump, secretive bunting, despite the males bright colours.
The male has a bright pink breast, black crown and thick black bill and blue-grey
upperparts. The female is similar but with a pale buffy breast. The juvenile is
like the female but lacks the black crown and has a sandy coloured breast and back.
|Habitat||Gardens, heaths, woods and hedges.|
|Food||Buds and seeds.|
4-5 eggs on a twig platform in a bush. Incubation takes
12-14 days and fledging takes 12-18 days.
|Location in Wet Woodland||Seen and heard in the bluebell area and the Clearing. The bluebell area contains many trees to perch on and the Clearing may be a good nest site. It was mostly heard calling, but it was seen feeding by hovering and picking off insects from leaves. This is very, very unusual behavior.|