A Chaffinch hunts for grubs and invertebrates in the litter of a wooded floor.
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) by Janice Gill

7 Colourful British Birds

A collection spotted on my walks and in my garden.

Weeds & Wildflowers
5 min readNov 19, 2023


While I’m out walking with my camera, I like to stop quietly for a while and see which birds turn up. I realised after reading articles on Medium that some of the birds I take for granted might not be known in other parts of the world. I certainly see many on here that are unknown to me.

Many of our native birds are brown, but we do have some gently coloured ones that are easily identifiable and common. So here is a taste of the birds you might see when taking a stroll in the British countryside.

Chaffinch (Fringilla Coelebs)

The Chaffinch (pictured above) is one of our commonest birds, with over 6 million residents. It is widespread throughout the UK and frequents woodland, farmland, parks and gardens.

It eats invertebrates such as caterpillars early in the year, supplementing this with seeds later.

A chaffinch finds a grub and is well camouflaged among leaf litter on a woodland floor.
Chaffinch with a Grub by Janice Gill

It’s surprisingly well camouflaged against leaf litter and other detritus on a woodland floor.

Bullfinch (Pyrrhula Pyrrhula )



Janice Gill
Weeds & Wildflowers

Award winning Artist and Photographer still learning and evolving. Blogging the journey.