What's this little bird?

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Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee
Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee Veteran Member • Posts: 6,060
What's this little bird?

Was in my garden today. Couldn't get near him so these are 100% crops with 1D4 and 400 f5.6.

Have certainly never seen one before..

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jvkelley Contributing Member • Posts: 849
Re: What's this little bird?

As someone who doesn't live in Europe, and doesn't know much about birds, my expert opinion is "European Goldfinch"

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Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee
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Re: What's this little bird?

Looked it up. You're bang on! Thanks.

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AnthonyL Senior Member • Posts: 2,084
Re: What's this little bird?

Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee wrote:

Looked it up. You're bang on! Thanks.

Put a feeder out with niger seed:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/KBmeIIon9FvI9_-9h-rMjgpyjrEFJGhQF0EN-gUEWhQ?feat=directlink

(Can't get an upload my galleries working today)

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Peter too Contributing Member • Posts: 906
Re: What's this little bird?

The goldfinch was on the danger list but the population has been growing in the UK and Ireland since 1985, partly due to new bird table seed mixes increasing winter survival rates. Some goldfinches like niger seeds and some like hearts of sunflower seeds. They will also eat seeds of teasels and thistles and are often seen on teasel and thistle heads in the wild. They can sometimes be seen in flocks of a dozen or more (a charm of goldfinches) and are recognisable by their high pitched chattering.

Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee
Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee OP Veteran Member • Posts: 6,060
Re: What's this little bird?

I recently put out a feeder, believe it or not!

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Re: What's this little bird?

Peter too wrote:

The goldfinch was on the danger list but the population has been growing in the UK and Ireland since 1985, partly due to new bird table seed mixes increasing winter survival rates. Some goldfinches like niger seeds and some like hearts of sunflower seeds. They will also eat seeds of teasels and thistles and are often seen on teasel and thistle heads in the wild. They can sometimes be seen in flocks of a dozen or more (a charm of goldfinches) and are recognisable by their high pitched chattering.

A charm of goldfinches?

The collective nouns for animals etc., in English are just gas! A pod of whales, an ignorance of politicians, a gaggle of geese, a parasite of lawyers, an exposure of photographers, a bokeh of L-glassers, a resolution of measurebators..

any more suggestions?

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AnthonyL Senior Member • Posts: 2,084
Re: What's this little bird?

AnthonyL wrote:

Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee wrote:

Looked it up. You're bang on! Thanks.

Put a feeder out with niger seed:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/KBmeIIon9FvI9_-9h-rMjgpyjrEFJGhQF0EN-gUEWhQ?feat=directlink

(Can't get an upload my galleries working today)

(or I could just use the "insert image from web" function" doh.)

Charm of Goldfinch - very apt.

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ASR45
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Re: What's this little bird?

Goldfinch as common as sparrows in the uk.    

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4agze New Member • Posts: 10
Re: What's this little bird?

I constantly get Goldfinch perch on my tree than sparrows this is without feeders

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ASR45
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4agze wrote:

I constantly get Goldfinch perch on my tree than sparrows this is without feeders

Me to so common here.  

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phill104 Senior Member • Posts: 2,700
Re: What's this little bird?

One of the little critters from walking around last year. Big crop though, I didn't get close enough.

ASR45
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Juvenile Goldfinch.

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jayrandomer
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And here is their American cousin

American Goldfinch

Steve Balcombe Forum Pro • Posts: 11,638
Re: What's this little bird?

ASR45 wrote:

Juvenile Goldfinch.

That's not a goldfinch. Greenfinch I believe.

RS_RS Senior Member • Posts: 1,725
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Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee wrote:

Peter too wrote:

The goldfinch was on the danger list but the population has been growing in the UK and Ireland since 1985, partly due to new bird table seed mixes increasing winter survival rates. Some goldfinches like niger seeds and some like hearts of sunflower seeds. They will also eat seeds of teasels and thistles and are often seen on teasel and thistle heads in the wild. They can sometimes be seen in flocks of a dozen or more (a charm of goldfinches) and are recognisable by their high pitched chattering.

A charm of goldfinches?

The collective nouns for animals etc., in English are just gas! A pod of whales, an ignorance of politicians, a gaggle of geese, a parasite of lawyers, an exposure of photographers, a bokeh of L-glassers, a resolution of measurebators..

any more suggestions?

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In the Further Education sector, a lakh of Principals (the lakh is an ancient Indian unit of measurement, I believe).

Another natural history example is a murmuration of starlings, specifically used to describe the large aerial flocks of starlings that can be seen wheeling in unison in the winter months. A covey of partridges. A wisp of snipe.

Peter too Contributing Member • Posts: 906
Re: What's this little bird?

I could be a female Siskin.

Steve Balcombe Forum Pro • Posts: 11,638
Re: What's this little bird?

Peter too wrote:

I could be a female Siskin.

No, the bill is completely wrong.

Sabud Regular Member • Posts: 442
Re: What's this little bird?

It´s a Steglits (swedish) Latin = Carduelis carduelis

Normally not a winter bird in Sweden but it can happend in the very south.

GordonAtWork
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Re: What's this little bird?

ASR45 wrote:

Goldfinch as common as sparrows in the uk.    

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Alan.
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Sadly true since sparrows have been in decline. Hedge Sparrows due to farmers combining smaller fields into large ones and cutting the hedges down and the House Sparrow largely due to upvc guttering and facia/soffit combinations sealing the roof spaces where they nested.

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