Are bullfinch numbers improving? I haven't seen any for years but I saw several near Bamburgh in December 2021, a group at Rainton Meadows (Durham Wildlife Trust) near Sunderland a couple of weeks ago and now a pair on the coast at Seaham (also Co. Durham) .Pleasing if they are.
All the best,
Morning Alyson, DB,
The 2021 European Red List have them as increasing in numbers (although I've already read some well-founded criticism of the list). See page 47 of the report, which you can find here: https://www.birdlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/BirdLife-European-Red-List-of-Birds-2021.pdf.
Here (Switzerland) numbers appear (at a glance) to be declining. See here: https://www.vogelwarte.ch/en/projects/population-trends/breeding-bird-index/#eurasian-bullfinch.
Not sure why, although we're behind the UK in the agricultural intensification process. I can enquire if you like. Just let me know.
Personally, we see a lot, and local numbers (at around 840 m above) appear to be growing.
They come and eat plum buds in the spring. Which means less plum jam, but more "oohs" and "aahhs".
Best regards -
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