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Image Taken on 14 May 2018 at 14:53    Image of day on 28 Jun 2018

Goldfinches have done well this year, through we haven't spotted any of the nests. The fluffy down in the beak was put down on the branch and left there as the bird flew off.

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Image Taken on 22 Sep 2014 at 13:08    Image of day on 01 Dec 2014

A couple of juvenile Swallows perched on main electricity cables for what must have been a late brood for these youngsters to be waiting to be fed - supplementary feeding 'on the wing' is more typical for this time of year. Here one of the Juvenile Swallows was briefly joined by a Goldfinch landing on the wire.

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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2007 at 16:38    Image of day on 03 Sep 2007

A Goldfinch having a half-hearted attempt at mating. Goldfinches have not been seen here in previous summers, but this year they have a family. Having delighted in their sweet chittering and little groups flying about, we understand the collective name 'charm of goldfinches'.

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Image Taken on 25 Apr 2016 at 15:27    Image of day on 01 Jun 2016

The Goldfinches never really went away this winter, but we are noticing small groups of them regularly now, twittering away in a relaxing re-assuring chorus. This one perched near the tip of a blossoming twig.

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Image Taken on 12 Feb 2010 at 12:17    Image of day on 13 Mar 2010

Just about all the seed eaters are trying hard to destroy next year fruits! But Goldfinches are ALWAYS welcome almost regardless of the mischief they get up to. Prior to these images the Goldfinch had lifted the out-of-reach fruit by its stem and then clamped it at reachable length under one foot.

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Image Taken on 14 May 2018 at 16:12    Image of day on 28 Jun 2018

The white fluff at the birds feet looks like the same type of material as put down after the previous image, but is in a different place.

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Image Taken on 05 Apr 2014 at 15:57    Image of day on 23 May 2014

A Goldfinch watching us watching it through the living room window

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Image Taken on 10 Apr 2011 at 18:10    Image of day on 13 May 2011

This one kept on going long after there was no hope of it getting any more into the beak.

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Image Taken on 05 Jan 2017 at 10:05    Image of day on 13 Feb 2017

A few small groups of Goldfinches preference is Birch seeds.

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Image of day on 13 Dec 2005

This image from February shows what we see now through the scaffolding at the end of the day when there is no light to photograph them. We let the Teasels run wild in patches and many finches spend hour on them picking out the seeds.

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Image Taken on 30 Nov 2011 at 09:59    Image of day on 05 Jan 2012

Goldfinches seem to be many peoples favourite small birds, and are certainly high on our list. This bird (and a few of his friends nearby) wheedle seeds out of teasel heads for many months.

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Image Taken on 30 Nov 2011 at 09:59    Image of day on 05 Jan 2012

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Image Taken on 10 Apr 2013 at 16:21    Image of day on 16 May 2013

Goldfinches have unusually stayed here for the whole winter. Beautiful.
We don't remember catching one with open beak towards the camera before

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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2008 at 16:32    Image of day on 22 Jun 2008

Goldfinches have not 'disappeared' for the summer this year and this one was sitting on the overhead phone wires looking beautiful.

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Image Taken on 23 Mar 2011 at 07:40    Image of day on 22 Apr 2011

Read mace seed heads are very popular for nesting material with the Goldfinches as well as other birds not so obliging with photographs. This is a genuine single frame of the pair of birds.

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Image Taken on 04 Nov 2013 at 12:10    Image of day on 27 Dec 2013

Goldfinches recently started their Winter residence here, and this one obviously considers himself 'King of the Castle Tree'.

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Image Taken on 10 Apr 2011 at 18:07    Image of day on 13 May 2011

The Goldfinches have been ripping the reedmace to pieces for a couple of weeks to take away for nest lining. We love the 'umbrella' stuck to the birds head.

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Image Taken on 23 Feb 2018 at 11:26    Image of day on 28 Mar 2018

Teasel seed head provide seeds right through to Spring. This Goldfinch has just extracted a seed from the spiky remains on the ground.

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Image Taken on 29 Mar 2019 at 09:24    Image of day on 27 Apr 2019

2 Goldfinches making the most of the Black-Poplar Catkins. There were several Goldfinches coming and going in the trees.

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Image Taken on 02 Oct 2010 at 09:09    Image of day on 26 Nov 2010

A flock of about 100 goldfinches disperses to feed. Here a group of 10 in one image is better presented as this 7 all stuffing themselves on Silver Birch catkins. This is a mixture of males, females and juveniles.

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