Haith's Wildlife Blog
The Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) is a small bird which heralds from the finch (Fringillidae) family. Its body is predominantly brown in colour (golden), belly and rump are white, and its wings are mainly black with a yellow band.
There are only three types of Goldfinch in the world. Two live across the Atlantic Ocean (the American goldfinch and Lawrence’s goldfinch – also found in the USA).
There’s no substitute for good quality, super-clean bird food in my wildlife garden; however, bird feeders can be interchangeable depending on the bird diet I’m providing.
Those of you who regularly read my Wildlife Adventures with an iPhone series will have seen the video I took while testing our new no mess bird seed mix, “One for All.”
It's beginning to look a lot like autumn out there. Birds are looking a little more purposeful in their search for food. The sudden drop in temperatures and dwindling daylight hours promotes a sense of urgency in the search for high-quality bird food. It's a good thing I could see this step-change coming and decided to introduce two new bird diets for overwintering wild birds. My birds certainly approve.
I can remember when I first put bird food out in the garden and waiting patiently with my face squashed up against the kitchen window for the birds to show up. I'd sit quietly with my grandfather's bird identification book to identify them one by one as they swooped down onto the bird table.