Among the birds that come to feed in many peoples gardens are goldfinches. These birds are often attracted by seed feeders containing sunflower hearts and niger seed.
Around our house where we encourage and maintain plenty of natural habitat, goldfinches come to feed on the seed heads of thistles, knapweed, teasels and burdock.
A pair of goldfinches usually nest somewhere in the dense cover of elderberry, blackthorn and hawthorn bushes around the house. This year a pair with 3 recently fledged young were seen in September, possibly a third, late brood of the year.
There is little difference between the male and female goldfinch, both are pretty, colourful little birds with a tinkling sound to their call. A group of goldfinches is called a “charm”.