We have a general bird feeder on the Distant Drumlin, stuffed full of seeds, ready to feed the wild birds. That wasn’t good enough for the goldfinches.
So I bought them a separate feeder, filled it with nyjer seed….and two days later the goldfinches were all over it.
Today was a windy day on the Distant Drumlin, and half of the seed fell out of the tube….leading to some grumpy little birds.
After a while they found the fallen seed, but they were more nervous feeding on the ground, and they all flew off before I could get close enough for a photograph….despite this improvised hide.
If you get goldfinches in your garden, this is what you need to know:
European Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) are easy to identify, with red faces, and yellow bars on their wings;
The British Trust for Ornithology has a good information sheet – click here for the PDF.