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.

Single Bullfinch at Feeder
“I turn my back on your unappetising seeds.”

So I bought them a separate feeder, filled it with nyjer seed….and two days later the goldfinches were all over it.

Three Goldfinches at Feeder
“If you build it, they will come.”

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.

Goldfinch looking at camera
“This stash needs a Re-Up.”

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.

KC hide
“Photo credit: My husband. Not interested in bird-watching, but keen to capture the moment of his daft wife wearing a green blanket.”

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.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. LOL, I love this!!! I’ve always been fascinated by those pretty goldfinches, and I, too, used to wrap myself in a green blanket. It seemed to to help with the writing….


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I think my green blanket is great – but the mockery from my husband is discouraging.


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I’d never seen Grumpy Cat – thanks for the link. They could be friends….or more likely Grumpy Cat would catch Grumpy Goldfinch for breakfast.


  2. judilyn says:

    Love your blind! Were they fooled even for a moment? ;->

    Virtual hugs,



    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      No – they were sitting on a tree behind me, laughing.


  3. pollyheath says:

    Sure, the birds are beautiful, but the last picture is by far the best!


  4. Karolyn Cooper says:

    Husbands with cameraphones are not to be trusted.


  5. Such beautiful birds! 🙂 Love that photo of you wearing a blanket. 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      As far as beauty and style are concerned, the birds win.


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