Daily Archives: November 24, 2009


All finches have short bills as they are seed eating birds. 

There are variations between bills as there are different types of finches



Here is some information about the first bird in the picture
The Hawfinch
  •   The hawfinch is the largest of the 12 British finches and has the most powerful bill.
  • The Hawfinch has a large head and bill.  It is not easy to see as it perches high in the branches of deciduous trees and keeps very still.
  • The Hawfinch breeds in forests, orchards, large gardens, bushy places and deciduous forests.
  • The stones of sloes, damsons and cherries are its basic food.  It also east haws, hips and holly berries.  With their powerful bills hawfinches can smash cherry stones.

I realise the photos are a little small, so here are the names of the birds

Hawfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Crossbill

Serin, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Brambling

Linnet, siskin,  Twite , redpoll