I’ve recently started feeding my garden birds and I’m trying to identify them.. What I’m struggling with is telling the difference between female house sparrows and female chaffinches.. I’ve seen Male of both. Hopefully someone can help, my photos may not be clear enough,
The chaffinch is the UK's second commonest breeding bird, and is arguably the most colourful of the UK's finches. Find out more
Don’t forget there is an opportunity to count your garden birds this weekend and record the results if you have time for one hour for the Big Garden Birdwatch - there is a garden bird guide on the form or you can post photos on the ID forum and other members will help you 🙂
Hi Alex and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.
As Deb has said, you seem to have a lovely colony of House Sparrows. I'll link to a picture of a female House Sparrow in flight, in which you can clearly see a pale supercilium (eyebrow), which is missing in the Chaffinch. Also, as Deb said, the Chaffinch has white wing bars, lacking in the sparrow.
I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I look forward to hearing your news.
Thankyou, they are lovely to watch, sometimes we have 9-10 visiting at once especially on colder days. Don’t see as many of the others though, great tit, blue tit, blackbird, wagtail and couple of robins.