Green Finch ~ Carduelis chloris

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Its twittering and wheezing song, and flash of yellow and green as it flies, make this finch a truly colourful character. Nesting in a garden conifer, or feasting on black sunflower seeds, it is a regular garden visitor, able to take advantage of food in rural and urban gardens. Although quite sociable, they may squabble among themselves or with other birds at the bird table. Greenfinch populations declined during the late 1970s and early 1980s, but increased dramatically during the 1990s. A recent decline in numbers has been linked to an outbreak of trichomonosis, a parasite-induced disease which prevents the birds from feeding properly. Extract from the RSPB website

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Comments (10)

Rosalyn Hilborne on March 15, 2013

Amazing how they hold on and balance so well on such thin branches. Looks very proud to be photographed! Like. Cheers, Rosa.

Nick Weall on March 15, 2013

* ♦Rosa♦* There must be a very strong grip in those little claws Rosa ~ I'd hate to shake hands with one :))) Thanks for another like ~ all the best ~ nick

Nadia Kushnir on March 16, 2013


Nick Weall on March 16, 2013

nadiakushnir, ~ I agree dear Nadia ~ Best wishes ~ nick

top spotter on March 18, 2013

Hi Nick Another cracking shot here so another YSL love this latest series of birds excellant photos all round.Best wishes Alan.

Nick Weall on March 18, 2013

*Chel's fotos - 2,* ~ Thanks a lot Chel ~ All the best ~ nick

top spotter ~ Hi again Alan ~ I'm so pleased that you have enjoyed this latest series ~ an very many thanks for the YSL ~ All the very best to you ~ nick

vale979 on March 20, 2013

Lovely capture Nick , your latest series is really nice, lk

cordially, valerio

Nick Weall on March 20, 2013

vale979 Thank you very much Valerio ~ I'm so pleased that you have enjoyed this latest series ~ Best wishes ~ nick

Amelia Royan on March 22, 2013

I'm surprised, with all your feeders both at work and at home, that you have no photos of siskins dear Nick. They arrive every morning here for the suet and mealworm pellets - flocks of them; but as soon as I open the back door with a camera in my hand they vamoose!

A twittering and wheezing song sounds a bit like me at the moment, I have had a cold for about 4 weeks now. Hope you are enjoying the weather. At least these beauties are keeping you happy. Less wheeze and more twitter and they could all be in conversation with the great and good of the planet! ;-)


Nick Weall on March 22, 2013

Amelia Royan, ~ I've been driving all this week dear LGM all 0400 and 0500 starts and long, long days, so I've had no opportunity to stock up the lakeside feeders until this evening. At work this afternoon after coming back from Bath, Bristol and Evesham, through the snow as well, I saw a goldfinch on the new Nyjer seed feeder, so that was encouraging. Maybe if we get a sunny morning next week, I'll get a better shot of one. As to Siskins I'd love to get a shot of one ~ lucky you. How about a shot through a window of em? Sorry about your month long cold ~ get better soon. I'm going to try a sunflower seed feeder next at work I think to see what other cheep shots I can get :~)))


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  • Uploaded on March 13, 2013
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    by Nick Weall
    • Taken on 2013/03/13 09:13:28
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1250)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash