More Dead Birds – Bullfinch


My best mate at work shouted for me to come see something. 

He’s the same lad that calls me to come see all of the big spiders, weird bugs, and my last dead bird: the stunning kingfisher.

It’s nice when someone knows your interests. Or it might be because he likes it when I pick them up and gross out all the other guys. I have to admit, I find that amusing, too. 

This time it was a bullfinch.  
Oddly enough, this one was in nearly the same spot (outside one of our big roll-up doors) as Mr Kingfisher. I don’t get it. Yet again there was no sign of a broken neck or any other injury or illness.

Poor wee thing. I knew it was a finch, from the beak, but had to bring him home for a positive identification.

Such stunning colours. This is a male, by the bright plumage, and adult by size. I can’t imagine why these birds are dying right outside of our warehouse. We don’t create any heat or chemical output, and even if we did have windows (we do not) their necks aren’t broken.

There is even evidence on his beak of a recent feeding. I’m baffled as to what is killing these birds, and why. He’s still a beauty – it could again be old age but twice in a few months? Seems odd. 

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  1. Poor bullfinch. They are beauties though. They live in the hedges around our garden and we often see them. The kingfisher was stunning too. Strange that you should be finding them outside the roll-up doors.

  2. He’s beautiful; bullfinches are one of my favourite UK birds because of their gorgeous colouring. I wonder if they found some poisoned mouse bait, or perhaps it was simply that the cold got too much for them… This would definitely be one worth preserving the skin.

    • I didn’t try with him, he’d been out there a while I think, and had gotten rained on while on the ground. Poor fella. We have covered rat-poison traps all around the building, as any big warehouse should. It doesn’t seem like they would be attractive to a kingfisher or a finch, however. These aren’t birds that usually hang around humanity for food. We have swallows and robins and wagtails and of course all of the corvids, but I never find those dead…

    • And no windows. The building is grey – but being Ireland, it’s mossy-green grey! Nothing to indicate they ran into it and fell – not even the amount of dirt of feathers. It’s as if they just fell over and died on the asphalt.

  3. OK, this isn’t exactly in keeping with the theme, but I wondered about a couple of birds once. My daughter (around 14 at the time) and I were in the car, and I was driving around the block to park the car in front of the house. As we approached the stop sign at the final corner, I noticed a dead bird at the side of the road. One of us commented on it. Then we turned the corner, and just a few feet later, we saw another dead bird on the side of the road. I said, “That’s odd. I wonder why there are two dead birds.” The daughter replies, “One stone?”

    Which raises the question of course why anyone wants to kill birds, with or without stones.

  4. What a beautiful creature.
    Looking at the beak crumbs, I’d worry there’s someone leaving out poison grain for rats/mice (or antifreeze which is sweet and attracts animals)
    Sometimes they do run into windows, but usually just get stunned. We did have a dove fall dead from fright when the neighbor’s lawnmower started up right behind it on the fence. Just dropped dead.
    Have to marvel at the bird’s magnificence.

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