There I was standing just inside the conservatory with the door open trying to get some clearer shots of the local bird visitors in the nearby bushes. After a couple of false alarms I spotted a small bird with a jet black cap and thought to myself, "At last" as I had never seen a Blackcap before. Although it was roughly twelve feet away it took no notice of me or the sound of the mirror clattering in the camera as I took a few shots.
Once I had transferred the photos to the computer and cropped them I decided to check with my trusty Collins Complete Guide to check whether what I had seen was really a Blackcap. Of course I had been wrong.
The body colouring was completely wrong. What had visited was a female Bullfinch. The first one of those I have seen. A couple of years ago I had briefly seen a male Bullfinch but no other sightings since until this female turned up yesterday.
I hope there are a couple breeding in the area. It would be really great to have them visit the feeders.
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