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.
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.
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.
This male still had most of the breeding plumage. The crown and shoulder are much more bluish-grey with blacker forehead.
Female birds were much more approachable and obliging. This one came very close to where I was sitting.
Sometimes the white shoulder patch can be more exposed.
A couple more shots of the same female while feeding on fallen peanuts under the feeder.
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.
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.