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Feb 22, 2018

Greenfinch comeback ?


Edited: Feb 22, 2018

several cock Greenfinches now 'singing', I had an early bird in his 'butterfly' display flight on a Penshaw job site yesterday, with the pair prospecting in an ornamental Cypress later.

a couple more singing around town (Houghton) this morning, as they have over recent years...

Are we seeing signs of a comeback ?

They certainly seem to be doing better in suburban / town areas rather than open countryside here around DH4.



(Two Greenfinch chicks only just hatched in a Leyland Cypress I was 'topping out' with a chainsaw in Schincliffe Village early one April. Adult bird quickly back in attendance.)

Feb 22, 2018

Nice to hear Steve. Greenfinch in this neck of the woods are like monkeys wings. No suitable habitat left as our local farmer is purely wallet orientated and has pulled out more hedges and trees than even the opencast could manage.

Feb 22, 2018

Mate, I've not seen one yet this year ! Must try harder

Feb 22, 2018

I had a pre-roost flock of 200 at the Durham Botanical Gardens at the beginning of the year. Some will still be there.

Feb 23, 2018

Several singing birds around the Rainton complex today.

Mar 8, 2018

pair prospecting in our garden hedge ! - only ever had a sporadic single previously

Mar 11, 2018

There's been a bit of an increase where we are as well, with 9 in our garden earlier in the year being the most we've had in a long time.

Chris Blakey
Mar 11, 2018

I've got a regular pair visiting the garden

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