Friday, 1 May 2015

A WELCOME VISITOR...

    World © Geoff Wilkinson - All rights reserved

A few days ago I posted a picture of my lawn covered in dandelions, I was debating whether to mow it or not. The view of most people was 'don't cut it, leave it' so I did. Anyway this afternoon I found this fellow chomping away at the the flowers that had turned to seed heads, taking them away to line a nest perhaps , I don't know..

I am no ornithologist so if anyone knows what  variety it is please let me know...

27 comments:

  1. Beautiful colours. I have no idea what it is, though. We certainly don't see this one on this side of the ocean.

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  2. My blogger friend Theresa indicates it is a European goldfinch. She can be found here:

    http://run-a-roundranch.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Ah.. thanks William, I shall be keeping my eyes open for a return visit..

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  3. Hi Geoff, looks like William beat me to it, and I believe this is what it is. I knew it was a finch, just wasn't sure what type of finch. Lovely photo.

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  4. A finch of some kind! What a wonderous thing to find in the garden.

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    1. Yes it is special, I shall be keeping my eye open for others...

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  5. No idea but it sure is pretty

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  6. Well I'd be fibbing if I said that I knew it was a European goldfinch Geoff, but I do now :) He's a little beauty.

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  7. Well I'd be fibbing if I said that I knew it was a European goldfinch Geoff, but I do now :) He's a little beauty.

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  8. Well I'd be fibbing if I said that I knew it was a European goldfinch Geoff, but I do now :) He's a little beauty.

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    1. I had no idea either before William found out..

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  9. Now that's a lovely sight!

    Don't forget that you can make yummy dandelion salad!

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    1. Sounds good but I'm afraid dandelion salad my be beyond my culinary skills..

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  10. So unusual a bird to these eyes!

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    1. Yes a rare sight for me as well, I'll just have to start looking harder..

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  11. what a beautiful creature...so colourful...Lovely shot...

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    1. Yes the colours are fab, so pleased you like the picture..

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  12. I stay a long time with my camera when a bird like this is in my garden

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  13. LOVE the goldfinch! Our American goldfinch (very different from yours) lines its nests with thistledown so you are probably correct that this European Goldfinch is gathering nest material.

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  14. Wow! What a beauty. Glad you decided not to mow... it paid off. :)

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