Goldfinch Donnybrook, Dublin

Marie-Thérèse O’Loughlin

Photo: Marie-Thérèse O’Loughlin 10/11/12

This morning – as I looked out the front bedroom and front balcony, I discovered a lot of goldfinches perched on the very tips of bare branches in the distance. This goldfinch here was right outside my bedroom window, so was pleased to get a close-up shot. I went in search of the breed by looking up the noted indicators of yellow and red markings, and black and white feather tails.

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

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Overview: Goldfinches are usually seen in groups as they flitter from garden to garden in their search for food. Once they have found food they are very protective of that area. They sometimes get into fights amongst themselves when in the breeding season.

These small birds are highly decorated in colour. Their bodies are fawn in colour, their wings are black and white with a flash of yellow and their heads…

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