19th August 2015

Charms of Goldfinches, or as they were appropriately named in Anglo-Saxon times, ‘Thistle-tweakers’, are flitting through the garden at present, up to 15 at a time, and competing to get on the feeder together. Some adults are in moult, as you can see from the photo. The young, sometimes called ‘grey-pates’ as they lack the red head of adults, also have a speckled chest. Conditions: Sun, with cloud building and rain coming in for the evening. Temperature: Max 20- Min 14c.

Young Goldfinch are also known as 'grey-pates', lacking the brightly coloured heads

Young Goldfinch are also known as ‘grey-pates’, lacking the brightly coloured heads

The chests of young Goldfinches stay speckled for most of the summer.

The chests of young Goldfinches stay speckled for most of the summer.

Adult Goldfinch in moult

Adult Goldfinch in moult

The Charm compete for access to the sunflower seed kernels they love so much

The Charm compete for access to the sunflower seed kernels they love so much

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