Goldfinches

In my last post, I showed a picture of a goldfinch feeding on one of our sunflowers. That was the only photo I had at the time, and I was hoping to get something better than that. I didn’t have long to wait, these pictures were taken just a day or two later!

According to the RSPB, goldfinches can be seen all year round. Where I live, they seem to find somewhere else to go in summer, we haven’t seen them since Spring. Before that, we would regularly see a group of a dozen or so birds feeding on the teasels not far from our window.

We shall be putting out seed for them through the winter. Any bird, especially one that colourful, is welcome in our garden.

goldfinches on sunflowers

goldfinches on sunflowers


are you finding anything...?

are you finding anything...?


these seeds aren't easy...

these seeds aren't easy...


Oi! Did you just take my photograph?

Oi! Did you just take my photograph?

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4 Responses [lang_en]to[/lang_en][lang_fr]pour[/lang_fr] “Goldfinches”

  1. VP Says:

    The goldfinch is one of my favourite birds. It’s taken them a while to find our bird feeders, but now they visit on a regular basis.

    I know it’s off topic, but you asked a couple of questions over at my place, so I thought I’d come over and say hello and put the answer for you here as well. Thanks for reading such a long article and still wanting to ask questions :)

    Hollow tining is a way of lawn aeration (and counteracting the effects of compaction) that’s more effective than using a fork. You use something that looks similar to a fork, but each tine looks like a tube. You then spike the lawn and little cores of lawn and soil come out leaving small holes around 4 inches in depth. These holes should then be filled so that aeration continues.

    The usual filler is sand, but the council are using recycled rubber instead. Now I’m not sure about this because over time there must be a chance that the hollow tining brings up rubber instead of soil. And it doesn’t rot down either. I was wondering whether fine grit might be the solution instead if the usual sand isn’t good for London’s grass. I’ll see if I can find a link for hollow tining and insert it into my post just in case others have the same question.

  2. Tony Says:

    Hi VP, and welcome! Thanks for the explanation. For my readers, VP was answering a question I left on her post at http://vegplotting.blogspot.com/2009/10/public-space-workshop-management.html. Check it out if you want to find out what it’s all about!

  3. JO-ann Says:

    Those are not Gold finches

  4. Tony Says:

    Hi Jo-ann.

    I’m guessing you’re in America? The American goldfinch and the european goldfinch bear little resemblance to each other, and as far as I am aware, are totally unrelated. I guess we just use the same word for different birds.