A frantic cry from Jen in the kitchen. She had just seen a strange bird on the feeder, but it had flown away by the time I got there.
Jen then proceeded to give a pretty good description of the bird, which I confidently identified as a bullfinch. By no means a rare bird, but not seen before in our garden, nestling just below the Pennine moors.
Postscript (09-Jun-2011): I have now seen the bullfinch. It was actually a male linnet:
… Still a first for our garden, though!
Postscript 2 (11-Jun-2011): Erm… Turns out it was a bullfinch after all. I just spotted a pair of them on our bird table. Fantastic! Unfortunately, by the time I returned with my camera, they had gone.
… So, that's two new bird species in our garden in the same week! How good is that?
Postscript 3 (11-Jun-2011): I did eventually manage to get some bullfinch photos.