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Goldfinches in my old garden 2012


Goldfinches in my old garden 2012

I really miss the flock of Goldfinches we used to have visiting us in the old place. One day I counted around 70 in the garden at one time. We do occasionaly see the odd oneor two here, but the house sparrows are very territorial and aggressive.



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How nice to have had 'gangs' of them. Goldfinches are such a joy to watch, all that colour. We had groups of them in our last garden too, just the odd one here, I'm hoping for a winter influx.
Our gangs now are mostly tree sparrows, although the resident sparrowhawk loves them too...

20 Nov, 2015

 

Sadly we rarely see a Sparrowhawk. They are beautiful. But they used to visit my old garden and take the Goldfinches!

21 Nov, 2015

 

I remember this photo, Karen, as I have never seen so many Goldfinches at once! We do have a pair visiting daily for Sunflower hearts, also saw a lovely speckled Thrush eating fallen grapes off the patio and a Sparrowhawk hovering nearby. Really much colder down here today, brr!

21 Nov, 2015

 

My pond was frozen this morning, and long icycles under my raised planters too. The wind was vicious again last night.

21 Nov, 2015

 

Love them, we get a few. I remember years ago when Bonkers was on here, he recommended putting niger seed in the feeders to bring the gold finches in - it worked! Might be worth a try Karen. I grow teasels too but to be honest, I've never seen goldfinches on them.

21 Nov, 2015

 

Super picture Karen.We never get anything as wonderful as these guys. I've tried Niger seed but without any success. The biggest flocks we get are starlings, just like skinny teenager lads squabbling over the meal worm.

21 Nov, 2015

 

We never get starling or sparrows but there are alot of Jays around lately.

21 Nov, 2015

 

Wow, Karen, I have never even seen that many goldfinches let alone 70.
We have had the odd pair here & I got really excited when a teasel turned up in the garden (never to appear again) but mostly we get blackbirds, hedge sparrows, robin, wren, thrush, tits, starlings & a jay sometimes comes to the feeder as does a crow.

21 Nov, 2015

 

That is definitely a photo for the 'Countryfile Calendar,' a truly beautiful photograph.

22 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks very much! :))

22 Nov, 2015

 

I have had niger seed out all summer, and not a goldfinch in sight 😕. That's a lovely photo, Karen.

23 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks Melchi. :) They prefer sunflower hearts to Niger in my experience.

23 Nov, 2015

 

Hi Karen .... wonderful photo! We are thrilled to see even one or two (never mind 70 lol) ... on the niger seed, but like Melchi, hardly seen any at all this year. Mind you their are a couple of very active sparrow hawks in the area, which no doubt may have something to do with it.

25 Nov, 2015

 

I don't think Ive ever seen so many in one place Karen.
We had a pair that use to come in our last garden,occasionally, but not seen any here at our new home.In fact, I've seen very few birds recently but I did see a Magpie in the oak tree behind us and then in my feeders yesterday and today so that could explain the lack of other birds!!

25 Nov, 2015

 

Could do Paul. I am ver busy redecorating my daughter's new place at the moment. She has a lovely hawthorn tree in front of her house and three blackbirds settle down to roost in it in the evening. i cant wait. To get a bird feeder in the tree! She's four miles from us in a quiet residential cul de sac, so she's sure to see a lot more birds than us...she might even get some goldfinches! Once we get her moved in I'll be able to make a start on the garden and then i'll take so e photos. There are some lovely plants in the very untidy front garden...the biggest gaultheria I've ever seen with white berries and a lovely variegated abelia in flower right now with some heathers. Must have been a keen gardener there at some poi t in the past!

25 Nov, 2015

 

We had a beautiful, variegated Abelia in our old front garden, Karen, with lovely pale pink flowers.it grew to a lovely shape and size but , the only ing with it was that we couldn't really see the small pale flowers from the house because of the light variegated leaves so it was difficult to make the flowers out.but, close up, it was stunning!

25 Nov, 2015

 

Paul, that sounds like it might be the same as Rachel's. I'll take my camera tomorrow and show you. :)

26 Nov, 2015

 

I had a lovely clematis growing through mine...so, even though you couldn't see the Ableia flowers from a distance, it had lots of purple clematis blooms earlier in the season.

26 Nov, 2015

 

This one is quite small, only 2' tall and the flowers are tiny. Even smaller than on my Abelias. It might not be an Abelia at all, but it does look like one to me...in miniature. There are also hardy geraniums, Heucheras, some pretty winter flowering heathers....definitely it has been a gardener's garden some years ago. It's neglected and needs some TLC, but it will be lovely in time.

26 Nov, 2015

 

Lovely to see that many Goldfinches around. With the fields at the back, we get them around here but only a few.

27 Nov, 2015

 

Well, better that it's a bit overgrown, Karen, than flattened and covered in concrete like my old garden.they now want to extend the house out 3 meters to the side and back according to my former neighbour!

27 Nov, 2015

 

Yes, you're right there Paul. :)

27 Nov, 2015

 

What a fabulous photo Karen, would make a great greetings card!

11 Dec, 2015

 

Thanks Janey. We had a sunny afternoon so we took the dogs out for a long walk and we saw a gang of Siskins in the hedgerow of a field. It was lovely to see some birds again.

11 Dec, 2015

 

What a lovely flock of Goldfinches Karen. We did have them here but Kitty saw them all off earlier this year. Just as me and a neighbour decided to allow Kitty in for the winter, she was killed in the road near us. So no birds and no Kitty either! Birds are lovely in the garden. I had to work hard at keeping the birds in the garden. However the blackbirds are back competing in the hawthorn during the winter. This is a lethal garden for blackbirds to nest due to cats and magpies. Pleased to hear your daughter is to settle near to you and another garden for you to help to refurb....fantastic.

26 Dec, 2015

 

Thanks Dorjac. It must be horrible to be a bird in this weather.

26 Dec, 2015



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