Male Bullfinch ( Pyrrhula pyrrhula )
Before setting off for the Lodge I looked out of the window and saw a doubly unusual sight. Unusual because we rarely get Bullfinches in the garden. Doubly unusual because while we get pairs visiting this is the first time I have seen two males in the garden. They were within a metre and a half ( 4 or 5 feet) of each other, no signs of aggression. They were both feeding on Dandelion seeds.
I garden for wildlife so the dandelions were left for just such an occasion. That's my excuse and I am sticking to it! Joking aside there has been a movement to have a "no mow May". The idea being that by allowing our lawns to grow longer various flowers survive, helping pollinators. Which desperately need help. It also provides a safe cover and food for a variety of mini beasts which in turn provide food for other things such as birds.