Posted: Wednesday 14th December 2011 by PearsonPark
Goldfinch - Bob Coyle
The arrival of a new bird feeding station and 75kg of seed has caused a flurry of activity at Pearson Park Wildlife Garden!
As team of wildlife enthusiasts we were looking forward to the creation of a bird feeding station outside our office window but even we were surprised at what arrived within days of its arrival.
The list to date includes blue tit, coal tit, great tit, dunnock, robin, wood pigeon, collared dove, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch and a very cheeky grey squirrel.
Pearson Park Wildlife Garden is nestled in the centre of Hull and it’s exciting to see so many different species using the feeders. Loss of habitats else where has increased the importance of supplying supplementary feeds in an urban setting. Birds require high energy (high fat) foods during the cold winter weather to maintain their fat reserves to survive the frosty nights.
Out of all the birds, the species who has particularly caught our eye has been the Goldfinch. These highly coloured finches have a bright red face and yellow wing patch and are most likely to be eating the Nyjer seed out of the feeders.
We are looking forward to other arrivals at the bird feeding station!
Top 5 facts about goldfinch
- The average goldfinch is 12–13 cm long
- The collective noun for goldfinches is a Charm
- Antonio Vivaldi composed a Concerto in D major for Flute "Il Gardellino" , where the singing of the Goldfinch is imitated by a flute.
- They nest in the outer twigs of tall leafy trees, laying four to six eggs which hatch in 11–14 days.
Juveniles have a plain head and a greyer back but are unmistakable due to the yellow wing stripe.
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