Finches are the favourite garden bird family for many, they provide a splash of colour, varied songs and calls and good variety at the garden feeders. As we reach mid-summer many of this year’s juveniles are just finding their way to garden feeders. Goldfinches have been the first to arrive at my sunflower hearts, their tinkling, musical flight calls as they arrived alerting me to their presence. Plainer juveniles were accompanied by just a single adult; it doesn’t take them long to get to grips with using the feeder.
Goldfinches are garden-wanderers, they drop in for brief spells but don’t linger around the garden all day during the summer unlike some other species. As soon as they arrive they often disappear again in a burst of calls and golden wing-flashes to who knows where before returning later in the day. Hopefully they will be followed by Bullfinches and Greenfinches too, particularly the latter as numbers have been low in recent years.