What's this little bird?

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Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee
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What's this little bird?
May 1, 2013

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

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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

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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.

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

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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 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

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

Charm of Goldfinch - very apt.

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Goldfinch as common as sparrows in the uk.    

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

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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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In reply to Gearóid Ó Laoi, Garry Lee, May 3, 2013

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

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Juvenile Goldfinch.

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And here is their American cousin
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American Goldfinch

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Juvenile Goldfinch.

That's not a goldfinch. Greenfinch I believe.

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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.

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I could be a female Siskin.

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Peter too wrote:

I could be a female Siskin.

No, the bill is completely wrong.

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

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

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ASR45 wrote:

Goldfinch as common as sparrows in the uk.    

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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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