Sunday, 22 June 2008

Another Visitor

As soon as I had got the bindweed off the bird feeder the Goldfinches arrived. Last year we had a pair that brought up two young. Hopefully we'll soon have a flock of our very own! Goldfinches (Carduelis casrduelis) are attracted to back gardens in Europe and North America with specially designed birdfeeders containing niger (commercially described as nyjer seed). This seed of an annual from South Asia is small and black, and it seems, irresistible to goldfinches. It is high in oils.

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