Not to be outdone by the Woodpecker on Tuesday, at least one Charm of Goldfinches landed on a nearby roof today. They weren’t quite as considerate at posing for photos though!
I’m not sure if it’s moss or insects these Goldfinches are after, but they adore pecking at something on that roof!
I heard some small birds outside, so I grabbed my camera…. I wasn’t quite anticipating so many goldfinches though!
They eventually landed in one of the trees, and started eating what I guess was insects from it.
I didn’t think it would be possible to get a clear photo of the Goldfinches in a nearby tree today, as they seemed to not want to sit in the same branches for long.
I did get lucky however, with these two who seemed intent on disagreeing with who was going to sit on which branch!
200 photos later, and I have a few with the Goldfinches mid-flight! The photos came out darker than I’d planned, but I’m just pleased to have taken some photos where the birds are actually visible, and not a blurred ghosted image!
The Goldfinches are proving to be regular visitors to a few seed feeders in the neighbourhood, but this one was quite happy to perch in the trees and just watch the others fighting over the seeds.
I’ve noticed a couple of small birds flying around recently, but they never seem to sit still enough to be able to identify them! However, after they flew off the roof and zoomed past the window, they landed on the seed feeder in a nearby tree.
Undeterred by the pigeon landing on the grass nearby (I guess the pigeon wanted to scoop up any seeds they’d dropped), they spent several minutes taking as many seeds as they could.
I’m sure these two Goldfinches are the birds I’ve been spotting flying past the window the last few days – they can blend into the trees remarkably easily when they land. Not content with just sampling the seeds from that particular feeder, I spotted them on a different feeder a while later, until a crow landed on the garden fence, which made them fly off.
They also like to take the seeds from teasel plants, which will be a good excuse to grow another teasel on my allotment. Surprisingly, we don’t have a problem with birds taking the fruit from the allotment, although we do have some local Roe Deer that like to nibble their way through most of the things we grow (strawberries and runner bean plants are a particular favourite of theirs).