Chaffinch ( Fringilla coelebs )
Well, at least it makes a change from Blue Tits! Interestingly Siskins have been absent since the autumn and in the last couple of days have reappeared. While the majority of the country's population are resident I suspect they have moved a bit south for the winter.
Back to Chaffinches, at one time they were regularly called the UK's commonest bird. I suspect they possibly still are with over 5,000,000 territories (in other words 10,000,000 birds). The population has however declined by 15% since the late 1960s.
The Atlas survey of 2007-11 shows Chaffinches in literally every tetrad in the UK apart from a handful mainly in NW Scotland.
I resisted the temptation to drop into my native tongue and call it a "Scoppie".
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