Pyrrhula pyrrhula, Head: both the male and female have a black head, but the male has bright pink cheeks, whereas the female’s cheeks are pink-grey in colour. Their neck is wide and they have a short black bill.
Wings: black in colour with a white wing bar.
Body: the pink colouration of the male’s cheeks extends across its breast, whereas the female displays a pink-grey colouration. The male has a grey back but the female shows grey-brown plumage. Both sexes have a white rump and black tail.
Smailholm Tower from the east across the lochan from near Sandyknowe Farm
Smailholm Tower is a peel tower at Smailholm, around five miles (8 km) west of Kelso in the Scottish Borders.
Low tide in the harbour at Staithes. Such a pretty place.