He is a true joy, this wonderful bullfinch. He is perhaps our most brightly coloured bird here in southern England and he is probably my favourite along with his much more somberly coloured mate.
We have several who visit our bird feeders every day. Sometimes in the winter there are as many as six or eight at a time. I believe they mate for life and certainly seem to be loyal to their partners, usually visiting in pairs. The bird books describe them as shy birds but here they seem fearless and frequent in their visits.
I can't claim credit for this excellent photo. It was taken by a friend visiting for the weekend and bringing his telephoto lens and superior expertise. Thank you Austin.