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Bullfinch nest

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I have been following the progress of a Bullfinch nest in thick bramble on the shoot estate grounds, the clutch steadily built on a daily egg laying basis, and the last time I checked there were 4 eggs.

As the hen was not sitting, it was apparent the clutch was incomplete,

From a reasonable distance a few days later, it could be seen that the incubation had started.................but unfortunately on a mooch yesterday, it was obvious that the nest had been ragged by something, on checking, the nest had been tipped to an angle, 2 eggs were on the ground with 2 others stone cold in the nest..................hopefully they will have another attempt.

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Bullfinch are lovely looking birds! However I believe, years ago, there were so many of them around the Evesham/Stratford Warwickshire area orchard owners (because of damage to fruit tree buds/blossom) used to pay people to shoot em? 

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