Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Species
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs). Male. Taken at Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion, on May 3rd 2018.
Male. Taken at Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion, on May 3rd 2018.
(1/200th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs). Female. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on November 18th 2012.
Female. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on November 18th 2012.
(1/320th sec at f8. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Madeiran subspecies. Taken on Madeira on March 6th 2008.
(1/50th sec at f5.6. © David Hastings)

Description

L:14 - 16cm

Both male and female Chaffinches have black and white wings, and a green rump. Males have a pink face and breast and a blue-grey crown, while females are sandy brown. The Madeiran Chaffinch is a distinct sub-species (ssp. maderensis) which is only found on the island. It is greener than the normal Chaffinch, and the male's breast is less pink.

It can be found throughout the British Isles.

It breeds in all types of open woodland, and also in parks and gardens.

In winter the resident population is augmented by a large influx from north and north-east Europe.

There are about 6.2 million territories, making the Chaffinch the second commonest bird in the UK.

Sightings

22-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
20-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
26-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (10+)
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
20-May-2018 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
17-May-2018 : Sandford Brake, Oxon (h)
15-May-2018 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (1)
14-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (h)
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
09-May-2018 : Whelford Pools, Glos (h)
07-May-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon
05-May-2018 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (2)
04-May-2018 : Elan Valley, Powys (2)
03-May-2018 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (15+)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2+)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
26-Apr-2018 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
19-Apr-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (4+)
16-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
31-Mar-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (5+)
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2+)
25-Feb-2018 : Sandford Brake, Oxon (1)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
20-Feb-2018 : East Hendred Down, Oxon (20+)
17-Feb-2018 : Chalfont Park, Oxon
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
05-Feb-2018 : Northmoor, Oxon (1)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Jan-2018 : Northmoor, Oxon (1)
10-Jan-2018 : Northmoor, Oxon
07-Jan-2018 : Northmoor, Oxon
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Jan-2018 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)

26-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
23-Dec-2017 : Lower Radley, Oxon (8+)
16-Dec-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
30-Nov-2017 : Barnard Gate, Oxon
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Nov-2017 : Highmoor, Oxon
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
06-Jun-2017 : Plitvicka Jezera National Park, Croatia
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4+)
02-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
25-Mar-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3)

31-Dec-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (3)
28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
26-Dec-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (2)
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
03-Nov-2016 : Los Riscos, Spain
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
18-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
14-Aug-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (7)
23-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
03-Apr-2016 : Churn, Oxon (1)
28-Mar-2016 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (5)
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4+)
21-Feb-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (1)
14-Feb-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1+)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
09-Jan-2016 : Lower Radley, Oxon (1+)

29-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
26-Jul-2015 : Baderitza, Bulgaria
23-Jul-2015 : Mesta River fishponds, Bulgaria
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
18-Apr-2015 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (8+)
10-Apr-2015 : Burgess Field, Oxon (2)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (10+)
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
10-Jan-2015 : Lower Radley, Oxon (2)

06-Dec-2014 : Lower Radley, Oxon
03-Dec-2014 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (10)
29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (6+)
01-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
14-Sep-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
28-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
30-Jun-2014 : Tophill Low, E. Yorks
23-Jun-2014 : Trigrad, Bulgaria
23-Jun-2014 : Borino, Bulgaria
19-Jun-2014 : Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (h)
11-May-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (h)
09-May-2014 : Bwlch-y-rhiw, Ceredigion
09-May-2014 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion
07-May-2014 : Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire
05-May-2014 : LLandewi-Brefi, Ceredigion
05-May-2014 : Tregaron Bog, Ceredigion
04-May-2014 : Y Clywd, Ceredigion
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-Apr-2014 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
13-Apr-2014 : Churn, Oxon
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
12-Apr-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon
09-Mar-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
08-Mar-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon
16-Feb-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (c10)
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
12-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
05-Jan-2014 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (2)