The Goldfinches in our garden are a constant source of pleasure. Never away from the feeders for very long, they brighten up even the dullest of days; life would be much poorer without them. Almost motionless, they perch like Christmas tree decorations steadily feeding on the sunflower hearts and niger seeds. Such beautiful, delicate little birds they appear gentle, but can often be feisty, squabbling and rising quickly in aggressive aerial combat. It never lasts long and they soon return to a vacant perch on the feeders.
At this time of year, moulting adults look rather scruffy and visit us less frequently. Juveniles are more common, but show only a hint of their splendid plumage to come. In a couple of months they’ll all be back in prime condition, ready to decorate the garden feeders once more in time for Christmas.