I was just comparing my picture to the others and mine must be a little younger as there is less yeelow developed so far on the wings. Still, a lovely bird.
Yours is feeding himself, so isn't a brand new fledgling or his mother would still be feeding him.
hi Sparrow, I didn't mean to imply brand new fledgling, just that he (she) is showing less yellow than the other pictures of self feeding Goldfinches that others have posted.
Sorry Bob, I wasn't criticising! Just read my post again and it sounds very rude - this wasn't intentional at all! You are probably right about yours being a bit younger.
Don't worry Sparrow, I'm not offended in any way - I didn't take it as rude, I just assumed that there was a slight misunderstanding of my post - usually because I don't always express things clearly.
Phew!!! Wipes brow. LOL
Not great photos due to the weather but i've just noticed with these that the parent isn't carrying food like the other birds do, it looks like he/she is regurgitating the sunflower hearts.
My goldies seem to be around all year.I have noticed a few youngsters on the feeders over the last couple of days.Quite funny to see them trying to get inside the guardian feeders while the adults are busy inside!
Just wondering where they would have a nest round here.
What a wonderful sight. I can't wait for mine to arrive but right now the millions of starlingettes are putting the goldies off. I see them in the tree but they are reluctant to fly down for some reason and I can only think it's because the baby starlings have taken over every inch of the garden.
@MP We have loads of hedges around here so assume that's where these nest.
@Sparrow the Starlings don't seem to put these off, though the mob spend most of the time on the feeders on the washing line i've got suet pellets in..just seen one young Starling going in the Hog station for dry peanuts lol.
All my starlings use the feeders in the front garden as these are 'unguarded' but the ones to the back and side of the house have guardians and I think the starlings know this (they do still try though!) so most of my goldies use these.
I don't normally have a starling problem. My adults are trained to use their own corner and are reasonably well behaved. They never go near the seed feeders. It's all these babies causing the problems at the moment, not on the seed feeders, but round and about making so much noise flitting about all over. They wouldn't put off adult goldies, but may stop them bringing their babies down. Maybe its just a bit too early for them here.