Bullfinches in Devon

A male bullfinch came to my feeder yesterday – it is the first time I have ever had a bullfinch come to a feeder either here in Devon or elsewhere. I guess it is not that uncommon but I have never seen it before.

Bullfinch 1
This is an adult male – very smart

 

I decided to get my new Devon Bird Atlas out to see how they were getting on in the county.

Bullfinch 77-85
This is the map of bullfinch distribution between 1977 to 1985 – 1298 tetrads contained breeding records – 71% of the total

Bullfinch 07-13
The 2007-13 survey has shown a statistically significant 18% decline – now only 981 tetrads contained breeding records (53% of the total)

There appears to have been some declines around urban areas like Exeter and Plymouth and in some rural areas in South and East Devon. Apparently the reasons for these declines are currently not fully understood – another species therefore to keep an eye on.

If you haven’t already done so I strongly recommend you acquire a copy of the new Devon Atlas  – copies of the 1977-85 Atlas are also still available.

 

2 thoughts on “Bullfinches in Devon

  1. The last bullfinch sighted in our garden in Pennsylvania was about 20 years ago! We did not have so many blackcaps feed on our bird feeder this winter compared to the winters of 2013 and 2014.

  2. Pingback: A pair of bullfinches in the garden – A Dartmoor and Devon blog

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