Goldfinch: a little red faced | Nature Notes from Dorset

Back in the 1970's a goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) in your garden would  have been quite an unusual sight. Gradually, however, possibly as our way of feeding birds has changed, the goldfinch has become a regular visitor to many gardens and it has reached number 11 in the RSPB Garden Birdwarch top twenty. Initially they started coming to gardens later in the winter after food supplies in the countryside were exhausted and a British Trust for Ornithology study showed that numbers of goldfinches in gardens built up from mid-February onwards. That now seems to have changed and they can turn up at almost any time.
Definitely a seed eater, they will pay little attention to peanuts 



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