I’ve already mentioned in my last Patchwork Challenge update that our garden has recently been graced with a flock of eleven Goldfinches, and it looks as though they show no signs of moving on. We recently switched from black sunflower seeds to sunflower hearts in an effort to cut down on waste and mess and it seems that the birds, including our Goldfinches, are big fans. It’s surely no coincidence that they arrived a couple of days after the change, as did two Greenfinches (increasingly rare here) and both male and female Bullfinches. Expensive tastes perhaps but I’m happy to fork out as long as they keep visiting.
The Goldfinches have been a little more wary on the feeders than those we had a couple of years back meaning that to date the photo above is the best I’ve managed to obtain. Our Bullfinches however are gaining in confidence all the time allowing me to get good shots of the female below. They still don’t like actually seeing you in person though no longer flee whenever the back door opens, so this was taken whilst hiding behind a retaining wall with only the camera lens sticking out. Thank god for fold out LCD displays otherwise who knows what I would have ended up photographing.
While in hiding the regular male Pied Wagtail also popped over for a feed allowing me to capture him on camera properly for the very first time. Now that I’ve had chance to study the photos closer it’s clear that his plumage is far from ‘classic’. A juvenile perhaps?
With these in the bag my next target has to be the Greenfinches though they present a much greater challenge. Their visits are far less frequent and stays shorter but hopefully as they become more acclimatised to the garden this is something which will change.