New Garden Visitors -Gossiping Goldfinches and stunning Siskins!! 

I started writing this post in early February, which is why
It seemed to find itself further down my blog, so I
thought I would bump it to the top where it belongs. I
published it fully on February 27th Hope you enjoy it

Dara ☺️🐦🐦

Dara McAnulty

Ok, I admit it, just sometimes I want to look out the window to the garden and catch sight of something different. A new flash of colour, a song that’s unusual and a new species to admire and learn from – close up. During February we had exactly that opportunity, two beautiful new garden bird species to observe from the kitchen window!The first encounter came the day after the day after the Big Garden Birdwatch, just typical of nature to keep you on your toes! One glamourous Goldfinch shortly followed by another; a fabulous addition to our growing garden population!

The Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) is a gregarious and social bird, it didn’t take long for the hordes to arrive to demolish the sunflower hearts – interestingly the male goldfinches’ beak is highly adapted to extracting teasel seeds (the beaks differ between sexes – I’m going to find out more about this). The collective…

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  1. Hi Dara, I had the same sense of excitement when the goldfinches arrived in our garden in London a few weeks ago. They are stunning. They came in a pair for a few days. I haven’t seen much of them lately, so I am going to invest in some Nyger seeds as a way of luring them back. We are getting several blue tits, Black tits, robins, sparrows and blackbirds come to the bird feeder or the ground beneath it… and not to mention too many horrid grey squirrels. We have a pair of herons in our local park, one of which has been building a giant nest on a willow tree. I have a video of it and get so much joy from watching it over and over again.

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    1. Hi there, thank you so much for popping by! Thank you for sharing your nature experiences! I’d love to see the video! If you like, you can share it on my FB page (managed by my parents – written by me) Young Fermanagh Naturalist ☺️ Thank you!



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