January 12th   Leave a comment



Not all bird populations are in freefall, some are on the way up. Goldfinches are a wonderful small bird to have around the place, in looks, call and behaviour and their populations have happily probably doubled since 2000. There are various explanations for this including the increase in provision of nyjer seeds and the widespread adoption of specialised feeders in people’s gardens. This will have contributed undoubtedly but with any set of ecological changes there will always be winners as well as losers. And goldfinches may have changed themselves – perhaps becoming more tolerant of humans and adopting urban environments more as robins and blackbirds in previous centuries. The collective noun for a group of goldfinches is a charm – one of the most apt I think.

Posted January 12, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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