Seed eaters are finding the living easy this month. Unmown thistle stands at the field edges and in set-aside areas are seething with noise and activity. Goldfinches fly up in droves when I walk passed with the dog, but they settle back quickly. They are bright, vocal, gregarious birds and are often seen in large flocks.
In the garden they are hanging out around the very tops of the trees and hedges, shifting around incessantly. It is only now, with the birch and hawthorn rapidly losing their leaves, that they are easy to spot with their distinctive red faces and flashes of gold on their wings.
Apart from the birch seed, what they are most interested in in the garden are the few multi-headed sunflowers (the lovely Valentine) that made it to flower this year and the teasel plants in the meadow patch. Their long thin beaks are particularly suited…
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