Sunday, 7 February 2010

I'm back - and with Goldfinches in my garden!!!

Well folks, it's been a while.  I've gone from being (very) part-time self-employed to being that and full-time employed - and I'm finding it's taking up rather too much of my time!

Certainly it's eating into my birding, photography and generally getting out into the countryside in a major way.  I haven't been able to really do much of any of these for about two weeks.  Hmph! 

So today I returned home, mid-afternoon, and had a quick look in the garden to see what bird action might be taking place.  There was a lone Blue Tit eating from the feeders, and a couple of Wood Pigeons high up in a tree.  I was about to walk away when I noticed a smaller bird even higher up in the same tree.  I couldn't make out its colouring from where I was standing, but something about its shape and the way it moved told me it wasn't one of the regular visitors to our garden.  All of a sudden, it was joined by about 20 more, and I rushed to get my bins.  Yep, it was a flock of Goldfinches - my favourite favourite bird.  Just a tad excited!!  Of course I've seen loads of Goldfinches before, but never in my back garden - and certainly not in these numbers.  I was able to get a few record shots, but that's all:

For a while I was hoping that they'd venture down to the feeders so I could see them close up.  However, upon closer inspection it became obvious that they had plenty to feed on in the tree.  Buds, I presume, or some sort of insect?  If anyone can enlighten me I'd be grateful!  As I said, I've never seen them in this garden before, and they've obviously found something delicious, which is great :) 

So, that's my day made!  Now if only I didn't have to go to work at 6:45 tomorrow morning, I could hang out here and see if they return... 


  1. Well done. That is quite a large flock of Goldies. I hope you can find out why they suddenly appeared and what has tempted them.

  2. Try a Nyger feeder Estelle - that should tempt them down if you havent already got one.

  3. thanks simon - already done! bought niger seeds and feeder yesterday... fingers crossed!

  4. Well done Estelle! They do eat the niger seed in my garden but it is the sunflower hearts they really adore, they eat me out of house and home. I do hope they visit you again, they really are delightful little birds, so colourful!

  5. sunflower hearts, eh? might have to give them a try too... it would be great to have these beauties visit the garden regularly to feed :)

  6. Can any one tell me if it is worth getting a niger feeder in Macclesfield as I have never seen any but sparrows and Great Tits in my garden!