Chaffinch on my door handle

Does anybody have any idea why a chaffinch would be sitting on my door handle for over 2 hours now? I live on the edge of farmland in Devon. He seems quite happy there and has briefly been to eat some seed I put out, but came back, watching me (and my cat!) through the glass!?? Surely not typicl behaviour for a chaffinch?

  • Hi Lynda, the Chaffinch is probably seeing it's own reflection in the glass and thinking it is another rival chaffinch. If you temporarily cover up the back door glass for a day or two it should prevent it focusing on the window.

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Thanks Hazy, it led me a merry dance for hours tapping its beak alternating between the bedroom window and the front door!
  • I had the same thing with a Dunnock a few years ago  !    I ended up putting silhouette bird stickers on the window and closing the shutters for a while.     Eventually it gave up but it was persistent !