This particular Goldfinch was part of the charm (I was apparently wrong to call them a "flock" the other day) of Goldies which has been feeding from the ash tree in the garden for the past week or so. Perhaps it was the group scout, as it was the first and only of the group to come and investigate the new Niger seed feeder we've introduced for their delectation. Hope it liked them and reported back to that effect!
Managed to get one crappish shot just to prove it was there :)
After this individual flew off, I glanced around the rest of the garden and noticed an unusually high amount of bird activity - including a first for this garden: not just one, but a pair of stunning Bullfinches! Sadly in my over-excited haste to run back to the window with my bins, I scared them both off. Yep, I'm a crap birder! Gutted, as I've never seen a pair together anywhere, and have never seen a Bullfinch anywhere near the garden. They did seem to be eyeing up the feeders though, so I'm hoping they'll return...
So this is why I spent my spare hour yesterday morning watching the garden - I was hoping the Bullfinches would return. However, as I said there were loads of other birds around, so I decided to try and get a shot of every species I could see. And here they are (again no great shots in this bunch - too far away, poor light, etc etc...):
Dunnock with Blackbird
Female Housesparrow (L) and Dunnock (R) - spot the difference!
That's nine species captured on one garden in a short space of time - nature rocks :) And of course there were the Bullfinches, as well as a Magpie, a Collared Dove and a Rook which I didn't manage to shoot. Looking forward to next time I have an hour to kill!