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Birds - Goldfinch Page 1

Image Taken on 20 Oct 2010 at 16:54    Image of day on 15 Dec 2010

A flock of about 30 goldfinches is often about the plot enjoying the catkins. They are very skittish and you have to be slow and patient for them to ignore humans. Here the flock is arriving at a silver birch.

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Image Taken on 20 Oct 2010 at 16:55    Image of day on 15 Dec 2010

Now they have all landed in this one tree there seem to be more goldfinches than tree! (genuine single frame). The endless twittering of these flocks is a delight.

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Image Taken on 03 Jan 2016 at 15:46    Image of day on 07 Feb 2016

These two birds from a single frame give an idea of the difference in size between Chaffinch (left) and Goldfinch.

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Image Taken on 07 Feb 2009 at 12:30    Image of day on 27 Feb 2009

Goldfinches seem less than usually human intolerant in the snow (though it has all melted or be knocked from the branches in this image).

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Image Taken on 04 Oct 2010 at 11:13    Image of day on 26 Nov 2010

And one in more details - "caught in the act". Is the look 'guilty' or 'so what'.

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Image Taken on 07 May 2009 at 16:31    Image of day on 30 May 2009

Goldfinches have moved from occasional sightings to 'all round the house'. They are so attractive we can't resist including this portrait.

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Image Taken on 25 Mar 2011 at 06:44    Image of day on 22 Apr 2011

And another (maybe the same) bird photographed from the house on a stem in the middle of the reed bed. We saw this one only filling it's beak and flying off with it, rather than trying to eat the tiny seeds.

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Image of day on 15 Feb 2005

Goldfinches are usually an early winter visitor to our teasels, but this lone bird arrived and stuffed him/herself with seeds in the left-over heads. This image from a sequence shows the chaff dropping from the beak as it frees the kernel.

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Image Taken on 17 Nov 2016 at 15:05    Image of day on 27 Dec 2016

A Goldfinch tucking into next year buds.

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Image Taken on 04 Apr 2014 at 12:41    Image of day on 23 May 2014

A Beautiful goldfinch picking the seeds from weed stems in and over the main pond

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Image Taken on 27 Nov 2016 at 14:20    Image of day on 02 Jan 2017

Goldfinches are spending quite a lot of time feeding on Great Willow Herb seeds, but mostly where they see us coming and flee. Here is a little sequence through the living room window unintentionally in right to left order

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Image Taken on 13 Jan 2012 at 12:56    Image of day on 11 Feb 2012

We are being 'charmed' by the goldfinches feeding on the various tree seeds. Here this one bird was picking out and eating seeds on a Silver Birch tree.

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Image Taken on 31 Dec 2017 at 10:42    Image of day on 04 Feb 2018

About 2 metres from the living room window there is a low hedge into which we post cut off teasel stems to attract bird to feast on the seeds where we can get to see them. Here a Goldfinch spent a few minutes extracting seeds from the now dry months old seed head.

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Image Taken on 31 Dec 2017 at 10:43    Image of day on 04 Feb 2018

Read this left to right - beak in the seed pocket, pluck out the seed, and down the hatch, all in about a third of a second.

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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2016 at 10:13    Image of day on 24 Sep 2016

An adult Goldfinch was feeding its youngster high in a distant conifer. These frames over about a third of a second.

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Image of day on 01 Dec 2005

The goldfinches arrived mid November and made straight for the teasel seed heads. On a still but frosty morning this little creature looked so alone high up in our tallest tree. You can see the normal sleek look is replaced by plumped out feathers.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 17:45    Image of day on 22 Sep 2012

This year the Goldfinches never really left, and are now putting in more regular appearances

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Image Taken on 23 Oct 2014 at 12:20    Image of day on 24 Dec 2014

On a clump of Willow trees at the edge of the pond a couple of juvenile Goldfinches (with gold flash but no red on the head yet) were picking over the willow tree for insects.

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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2007 at 17:18    Image of day on 13 Sep 2007

This montage shows a real occurrence of an adult goldfinch taking off leaving a juvenile (and a few more out of the crop) on the wires. They don't seem to indulge in feeding on the wires.

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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2017 at 11:07    Image of day on 07 Dec 2017

A few fleeting glimpses of Goldfinches is augmented by this self portrait as one comes in to land.

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