Thursday, 18 August 2011


......or alternatively, a  Charm of Goldfinches in my garden.

For the past couple of weeks I've had the pleasure of  watching  up to eight ( 5 adults and 3 juveniles) regularly visiting the sunflower heart feeder in my garden. Together with the odd House Sparrow they seem to be able to empty ( I say empty because most of it seems to be on the ground!) the feeder within a couple days, they are now getting quite tame and will still visit the feeder even when I'm sitting on the garden bench within 3 to 4 yards of them.


The juveniles seem to be newly fledged as they are still begging for, and being fed, food.
(also in the garden and begging for food are newly fledged House Sparrows and Collared Doves)

Begging for food

One of the adults has a leg ring, I've tried zooming in on various images but can't quite get the full set of numbers. so far I've got    .....MUSE..... (obviously for the British Museum)    .....PAR.... and ...8596.... 

 As the ring is so small I'm having to wait for it to revolve around the birds leg to get more of the details!  I don't know if I've enough info yet to get any details on?  It could be interesting though to find out how far this particular bird has travelled.


holdingmoments said...

Such beautiful visitors to the garden Trevor, and cracking shots of them.
They're certainly messy buggers when it comes to eating; they chuck the seed everywhere lol

Have a look at this link for the ring.
They're quite helpful

ADRIAN said...

Trevor, superb shots. I am an old age traveller but the bird feeder is my favourite toy.

The Herald said...

Thanks Keith, Its raining stairods here at the moment and there's still 3 of the bedraggled little blighters busily emptying the feeder. Lol.

Thanks for the link, I've sent off as much info as I have,we'll see what they can come up with. [;o)

Thanks Adrian, I can sit for hours just watching the antics of the various birds on the feeders! [;o)