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  • Writer's pictureWildlife Friendly Otley


Not as frequent a visitor to the gardens of Otley as it used to be, due to the effect of a deadly parasite that jumped from pigeons in 2005. The BTO estimate half a million Greenfinches died as a result in 2006 alone, though the population is now recovering. We can help here by maintaining good bird table hygiene. The male is a handsome, brightly coloured bird, especially at this time of year. The females build the nests, incubate the eggs and brood the young. Wordsworth wrote a poem about the bird, though he called it the Green Linnet. English settlers introduced Greenfinches to Australia and New Zealand to remind them of home. In Malta they are considered a prestigious songbird and as a result trapped and domesticated.


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