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Eurasian Goldfinch

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By Marion BE

Eurasian Goldfinch

Snow-capped peanuts anyone?

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Date Photographed

Photo taken end of December 2009; Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Where Photographed

I took the photo through my studio window, looking down onto this feeder which hangs from a bracket on the front porch. A short flit from it is a mixed hedge -- rose bushes, elderberry -- which LBJs love.

We've lots of sparrows and other finch species, but this was the first time I'd seen a goldfinch here. I've seen it a few times since I took the photo, so hopefully it'll decide to stay.

Tips and Tricks

  • We put food under the hedge and shrubs where the snow doesn't really get, but LBJs do go.
  • Put food out consistently if you want the birds to stay.
  • If the fatballs aren't being eaten, they've probably frozen!

Melissa Mayntz, About.com Birding/Wild Birds, says:

Such a colorful bird! Known commonly throughout Europe as just the goldfinch, these birds are more formally called European or Eurasian goldfinches, and they stay year-round throughout all of Europe, northern Africa and into the Middle East.

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