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A Chaffinch Calling


A Chaffinch Calling - Cameos of Birdlife #7

first light  a chaffinch calling from the cherry 

One of the first birds to sing in Spring , often as early as February, and one of the first I hear on waking in the early morning. It is a particularly cheery song.

As the sun rises the chaffinch utters his bold challenge on the tree; the notes are so rapid that they seem to come all at once. Welcome, indeed, is the song of the first finch.

Hodge and his Masters - Richard Jefferies (1870)

Originally a woodland bird it has since branched out into farmland, parks, gardens, towns, pretty much anywhere ...

To read more about Chaffinch song click here ... Sussex Wildlife Trust

Artist Notes

I couldn’t find a painting of a Chaffinch in a Cherry but this postcard of a Chaffinch by David Morrison Reid-Henry (1919 – 1977), is stunning. David was a professional artist and illustrator of birds. Some of his best work is to be found in the many books by Dr D. A. Bannerman - Birds of Cyprus, Birds of the Atlantic Islands and many others including ‘The History of the Birds of Britain by Colin Harrison’.

Here is another example of his work and a short biography ...

David Morrison Reid-Henry


The recording by Sylvan Schnabel is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 license. This and many more can be found at - Xeno-Canto

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March 22, 2021 11:18 pm

The sounds you are able to capture are truly amazing. This little bird has a beautiful song to sing. He must have known you were coming.

March 23, 2021 11:24 am

We hear and see Chaffinch in the garden regularly but their numbers are low. Just a solitary bird regularly, occasionally two, but then we have a very small garden. Once again, I’m carried back to those walks along the Chilterns! Another trip down Memory Lane! 😊

March 23, 2021 4:55 pm

I just love the sounds of your haiku!

Helen White
March 25, 2021 2:38 pm

Another favourite bird! We dont hear them so often here but I passed one the other day in “our” woods and it was lovely to hear.

March 27, 2021 2:45 am

[…] This finchy hokku was composed by Clive Bennett. […]

Andrea Stephenson
March 28, 2021 9:50 pm

If there are chaffinches singing here, theirs isn’t a song I recognise among others. I never see them in the very local area and park, but do sometimes see them in the dene.