Ribble Docklands - 22nd November 2010
Strange title I know but hey in all my time of having an interest in birds, I have seen Bullfinches only 4 times and that 4th time came today.
While on a lunch break from work I decided to head towards Nelson Way at the top of the Docks in Preston. Spend most lunch breaks around there either having a kip or reading but on this occasion because it was quiet and the weather was decent I decided on a walk down the River Ribble. The usual suspects were about with migratory Redwings and Long Tailed Tits skitting around in the trees looking for as many bugs to stuff their little faces with. While watching the Long Tails I noticed what at first I thought was a Chaffinch and then thought no chance as there never that bright, quick look through the binoculars proved that there was both a male and female Bullfinch within the trees.
Now don't get me wrong I can imagine most people out there will say "Meh, its just a Bullfinch" but like I said in my 30 years of watching British Wildlife I have only seen these birds 4 times and this is only the 2nd time in Lancashire within a year. Maybe this is a resurgence or a takeover!!! An army of heavy headed Bullfinches to battle skittish quick Goldfinches... I'll stop there.
Other noticeable sightings: 10 Black Tailed Godwits, 2 Grey Herons.