Return to moorhen home page
Return to section index
Image-of-the-Day by Subject
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.
Ref: 20101215_df1_20101020_1654_099 flock of about 30 goldfinches landing in top of silver birch 2 of 8 (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20101215_df1_20101020_1655_126 flock of about 30 goldfinches landing in top of silver birch 8 of 8 (crop)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
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.
Ref: 20160207_e62_20160103_1546_272_fb5 chaffinch male and goldfinch (adjusted crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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).
Ref: 20090227_dc1_20090207_1230_017 goldfinch(r+mb id@576).jpg
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'.
Ref: 20101126_df1_20101004_1113_023+024 goldfinch adult feeding on silver birch catkins (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20090530_db1_20090507_1631_009 goldfinch and dandelion(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20110422_df1_20110325_0644_102 goldfinch collecting reedmace seed head for nesting (crop 1)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20050215_d30_04579 goldfinch eating teasel seed seq 3 of 4 2005feb09_13-01-16(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 17 Nov 2016
at 15:05 Image of day on 27 Dec 2016
A Goldfinch tucking into next year buds.
Ref: 20161227_df3_20161117_1505_009+011 goldfinch eating tree buds 1+2 of 2 (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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
Ref: 20140523_a77_20140404_1241_010 goldfinch eating weed seeds (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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
Ref: 20170102_df1_20161127_1420_014+009+005 goldfinch feeding on great willow herb seeds (selected) 4+2+1 of 5 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
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.
Ref: 20120211_df1_20120113_1256_208-210 goldfinch feeding on silver birch seeds 4-6 of 6 (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20180204_df1_20171231_1042_093 goldfinch feeding on teasel seeds 05 of 16 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20180204_df1_20171231_1043_142-144 goldfinch feeding on teasel seeds 10-12 of 16 (montage @ 7fps)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
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.
Ref: 20160924_df3_20160805_1013_029-031 goldfinch feeding youngster in conifer tree 1-3 of 3 (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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.
Ref: 20051201_d60_05870 goldfinch high in frosty black poplar 2005nov20_10-03-16(r+mb id@576).jpg
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
Ref: 20120922_df1_20120809_1745_022 goldfinch in hedge top (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20141224_df2_20141023_1220_134 goldfinch juvenile feeding in willow tree (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20070913_d01_20070823_1718_046&049 goldfinch juvenile on wire and adult just taken off (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
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.
Ref: 20171207_e62_20171029_1107_003_fb5 goldfinch landing(r+mb id@576).jpg
Comments and requests for image use
To make a comment, ask for information or to request a full
resolution image, send us an email including the reference or
the date for the image you are interested in.
All initial contacts should be made using the icon below:-