18th August 2015

Young Goldfinches and Bullfinches have been learning the hard way the last few days. Some, like this juvenile Goldfinch, have been begging to be fed, by fluffing up their chests, moving their tails up and down, cheeping and fluttering their wings very fast. Earlier in the season this would have stimulated the adults to feed them, but lately they have been studiously ignored, turned away from and are, what looks like, being told to get on with it themselves. This little one was so desperate it turned, unsuccessfully of course! (Juveniles have the yellow wing pattern but not the black, red and white head markings). Conditions: Cloud with some showers,and a cool breeze. Temperature: Max 17- Min 14c.

A young Goldfinch displays begging for food

A young Goldfinch displays, begging for food, while the adult turns resolutely away deliberately ignoring it.

Another juvenile flies in and the first one displays again

Another juvenile flies in and the first one displays again

However desperately if displays it has no effect

However desperately if displays it has no effect

 

The adult has enough and vocalises before flying off!

The adult has enough and vocalises before flying off!

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