Monday, 18 March 2013


A highly coloured finch with a bright red face and yellow wing patch. Sociable, often breeding in loose colonies, they have a delightful liquid twittering song and call. Their long fine beaks allow them to extract otherwise inaccessible seeds from thistles and teasels. Increasingly they are visiting birdtables and feeders. In winter many UK goldfinches migrate as far south as Spain.


Latin name

Carduelis carduelis


Finches (Fringillidae)

Where to see them

Anywhere there are scattered bushes and trees, rough ground with thistles and other seeding plants. Likes orchards, parks, gardens, heathland and commons. Less common in upland areas and most numerous in southern England.
What they eat

When to see them

All year round.and sometimes in my garden restaurant today was the first `i saw them this this year  lucky me maybe the female will visit tomorrow.
Seeds and insects in summer.


EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-313,000 territories100,000 birds-

* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.

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