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Agitated Chaffinch (1 Viewer)

dogbreath

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We have a male chaffinch who has started sitting on the external door handles and pecking vigorously at the door glass. After a short while he will go onto another handle and peck at the glass at that handle. Then he will fly to another part of the house and the process is repeated. He seems very keen to get into the house and appears quite agitated. Is this normal? Anyone experienced anything similar?
 

Cheshire Birder

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We have a male chaffinch who has started sitting on the external door handles and pecking vigorously at the door glass. After a short while he will go onto another handle and peck at the glass at that handle. Then he will fly to another part of the house and the process is repeated. He seems very keen to get into the house and appears quite agitated. Is this normal? Anyone experienced anything similar?

I think the most likely reason for this behaviour is that it can see his reflection in the window. He thinks the reflection is another male and so get agitated and pecks.

CB
 

dogbreath

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Thanks CB - that was my thought - my mother in law had a robin who used to peck at a window where she had a porcelain model robin on the internal window cill and I thought this might be something similar. It is like having a naughty child at the house - one chases it off and he flies to another spot and starts again. My paintwork will be ruined!
 
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