On Thursday evening Stuart was checking Bird Alert and saw there was a rarity very close to us, but Friday can be a bit difficult for us as you know Stu has his art class in the morning and we were sure the said bird would be gone by the time we could get there. Now this little bird should be in Siberia. We arrived about 2-30 the sun was shining and it was warm. The bird a Common Rosefinch had taken up residence behind a little hotel in Glen Devon a really sheltered spot. We meet another couple from Edinburgh and stood chatting to them watching all the time for our little visitor. We all went to the inn for a coffee and sat outside on the patio for a rest after standing for a while, it was very hot. Then just after 4 o'clock we heard him calling a very loud distinct call for such a little bird. When you look at a picture in a bird book usually when you see the bird it is never as brightly coloured as the book but this little guy I say guy because this is the male was so bright he was so red, if it had been a female she is very drab and brown. We all had great views and this was a life bird for us so that is another one to add to our life list. I would like to thank Jack for sending me the picture he took of the Rosefinch and allowed me to put it in in my blog. So here is the little chap.
The Common Rosefinch.