This is my first post/question, although I’ve been reading posts for a while.
We have a very small number of Bullfinches in our garden. They never do particularly well unfortunately. I have just been out to check the feeders and water and have found what I think to be a female bullfinch sitting on the edge of a water tray. She didn’t fly off when I went near her.
Can I please ask if I have identified correctly as a female, or is this a fledgling/juvenile waiting for a parent? Are my suspicions also correct that she appears to, very sadly, have Trichomoniasis?
Apologies for the poor photo; I didn’t want to get too close and scare her.
Hi Bryony and welcome to the Community. Sorry your first post is a rather distressing one. You are correct that it's an adult female Bullfinch. When a bird is fluffed up like that and lethargic it's usually a sign that its unwell. You may well be right that it's Trichonomosis. Food collecting around the beak is often a sign. I think all you can do is follow the advice in the link. Clean everything thoroughly, remove and refresh possibly contaminated drinking water and consider removing feeders for a while.
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