March 28th 2014

Today it was the female Goldfinch gathering feathers, showing it must be well on it’s way to finishing it’s nest. The male was following it round the garden but only the female Goldfinch collects the grass and lichen and builds, firstly a cup-shaped nest structure, which it then lines with down, wool or thistle-down etc.  The nest is usually on a tree-branch or in a hedge or open bush. The female incubates the eggs on her own too, but both birds feed the young. Like the Long Tailed Tit the other day, the Goldfinch got as many feathers as it could find into it’s beak before flying off. If you have some moss, wool, hair or feathers you can put them in a netting-bag, wire feeder or just on the ground and have fun watching a range of birds gathering materials, as well as getting a rough idea of their nest-sites by watching where they fly when their beaks are full. Conditions: A little warmer, mostly cloudy and dry. Temperature: Max 10- Min 5c

Female Goldfinch, showing the beautiful black and white wing-markings.

Female Goldfinch, showing the beautiful black and white wing-markings.

Female Goldfinch gathering a beak-ful of down.

Female Goldfinch gathering a beak-full of down.

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