Chaffinches

Finally, I could get photos of Chaffinches up close at the feeder. Despite being one of the commonest birds around here, they are normally very difficult to approach. Luckily, a small group of them decided to visit the feeder to feed on fallen peanuts on the ground.

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Male in non-breeding plumage looks much duller than in breeding plumage. The greyish part on the head is tinged brown with broad dark brown lateral crown stripe.

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Fluffing up!

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I always like its rump colour. Both male and female have yellowish-lemon green rump in non-breeding plumage, which is striking especially in flight.

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This male still had most of the breeding plumage. The crown and shoulder are much more bluish-grey with blacker forehead.

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Female birds were much more approachable and obliging. This one came very close to where I was sitting.

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Sometimes the white shoulder patch can be more exposed.

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A couple more shots of the same female while feeding on fallen peanuts under the feeder.

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When the birds are disturbed, they’d fly up and perch on the trees and wait until things settle down and come down to the ground again.

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Few more photos to finish this post. While I was concentrating on these birds, a cute Red Squirrel came strolling pass the feeder. It was too close that I couldn’t manage to get a single shot before it quickly hopped away. Hopefully, it will come by again.

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