A Goldrush

04th January 2018
During the last throes of December and into early January seems to be a very good time for my garden to have what I've now come to expect as our annual gold rush.

Of course I'm talking Goldfinches and so far the all comers record to beat is 33 on the three feeders at any one time..I've counted 27 in one sitting in the last few days so with colder weather on its way I am hopeful the numbers will go up and maybe that record will be beaten.

Unfortunately, when large numbers of small birds gather then so do the predators and as much as I can ward off the local, black cat I can't do much about protecting the finches from aerial strikes by Sparrowhawks.

One male Sparrowhawk cheekily sat next to a feeder sheltering from the rain for over 2 hours the other afternoon but apart from a mob of very brave Blue Tits, cat calling from the shrubbery, no actual finch got to feast for a while. Fortunately neither did the Sparrowhawk!

The Goldie's are looking rather splendid at the moment so worth the time waiting for the better light and opportunities that will continue to come.

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