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Several species of crossbills occur in Europe, with the three plainwinged ones – the common, Parrot, and Scottish Crossbills being the most difficult to separate.The common Crossbill feeds on spruce seeds but also survives quite well in areas where larch … Continue reading
A pest in some areas, but seriously declining in many, the Bullfinch is a quiet, inconspicuous bird despite its bold plumage. It uses its round bill to feed on soft buds, flowers, and shoots rather than hard seeds, usually feeding … Continue reading
A tiny, bouncy, colourful finch with sharp, spluttering calls, the Serin is characteristic of many Mediterranean areas. Males sing from the tops of spindly conifers, or in a fast, fluttery song-flight. Although superficially like other green and yellow finches, the … Continue reading
A tree-seed feeder, the Siskin is particularly associated with conifers, but also feeds in birch and alder trees in winter. It visits gardens to eat peanuts and sunflower seeds, but is not usually a ground-feeder. In winter, it associates in … Continue reading
This large, stocky, thick-billed finch breeds in loose groups in tall trees, old hedges, overgrown gardens, and orchards, and is a frequent garden visitor in winter, either to feeders or to shrubs with berries. Where common, Greenfinches gather into large … Continue reading
Although it is widespread in Europe „ even in cool, damp climates, the Goldfinch seems most at home in the hot, sunny summer of the Mediterranean. Its bouncy, lively actions and flashing colours go well with the bright, dry conditions … Continue reading
Typically a treetop bird, the Redpoll can also be found with Linnets in weedy fields, or feeding on the ground under birches where vast amounts of seeds have fallen. Most often, however, Redpoll groups feed, frequently with Siskins, in trees … Continue reading