The Scots Magazine - - Polly’s Places -

While in Ard­na­mur­chan with the renowned Swedish wildlife artist Lars Jon­s­son, I learned that chaffinches have re­gional ac­cents. It is in­deed pos­si­ble to hear slight dif­fer­ences around Scot­land. Chaffinches have gar­nered nu­mer­ous old nick­names: sheltie – Fife; binkie – Ross & Cro­marty; wet chaff – Angus; tree lin­tie – Mo­ray; white wingie – La­nark­shire; blue cap – Aberdeen­shire; brisk finch – Dum­fries & Gal­loway; and my favourite used around the coun­try, ap­ple sheelie. The name chaffinch orig­i­nates from the birds’ ten­dency to flock with other finches in arable fields to feast the chaff left af­ter har­vest.

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