Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Plight of the Chaffinches

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Plight of the Chaffinches

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BIRD table watchers have been feeling a little aggrieved after this mild winter has kept birds away from their gardens.

The real reason the birds have been staying away is that they have plenty of sources of food while the ground is damp and soft, and insects have hardly been away this year. But don't let all this fool you. Birds will be back and I can guarantee it will be over the coming weeks.

Nesting, breeding and feeding are times of year when our feathered friends need to supplement their normal diets. Of course the birds are not just collecting food for themselves, they are feeding their young at the same time.

This means multiple visits to bird tables every day, so that food you angrily threw back into the cupboard will come in handy after all.

On our bird table we have the usual suspects - robin, sparrow, starling, blue tits, blackbirds and collared dove. We even get the odd wren.

One of the most colourful characters is the chaffinch.

Males have a striking pink face and chest, an olive green back and black flight feathers. …

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