Green Finch ~ Carduelis chloris

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Conservation status: Green 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 :

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Nick Weall on April 7, 2013

Steve Drury, ~ He looks like he is really going to have a go at the feeder Steve ~ They like these Black Sunflower Seeds ~ Many thanks for the YSL ~ I'm chuffed ~ All the best ~ nick

ka9894 on April 7, 2013

Hi, Nick

Fabulous shot !

Great bird series, YSL

Best wishes, :)


Nick Weall on April 8, 2013

ka9894, Hi dear Kat and wow thanks for your compliments and YSL ~ All the very best to you ~ nick :~)

gerokk on April 14, 2013

Very nice nature photo LIKE+FAV. Greetings, Agnes

Nick Weall on April 14, 2013

gerokk ~ Hello again Agnes ~ ~ thank you very mucbh for the YSL and your compliments ~ Friendly greetings to you ~ nick

Sarah O on April 25, 2013

NICK...look! Its me!! :)) I don't know how in the world I will catch up with you and your colorful gallery!! SO many great photos and Ive not had time to comment much at all. I'll start here and, tho Ive seen all that you have posted, Ive not had the time to spend on comments as I want to....this photo is teriffic, gosh, that feeder surely looks to be full of mostly black sunflower seeds. the last feed I purchased had a lot of the yellow corn and all sorts of birds love it, AND THE SQUIRRELS too, darn it. This little green fella is really checking you out :) A wonderful shot here dear Nick.

Hugs across the pond!! ~~Sarah~~

Nick Weall on April 25, 2013

Sarah O Dear Sarah ~ I'm perfectly sure that you look nothing like this finch here :))) You are absolutely right in that this feeder is only filled with black sunflower seeds, there is another feeder totally filled with nyger seed, another with peanuts and two filled with general mixed seed. Then there is a fat ball feeder and several half coconut shells full of fat and seeds too. Tomorrow a feeder full of sunflower seeds will be added too ~ as I wind down the lakeside feeding positions for the summer. So far there have been no squirrels at this site, although at the lakeside location they were a pest. Glad you like this shot dear Sarah ~ hugs ~ nick

Sarah O on April 25, 2013

Nick Weall you silly man,:))) NO I surely don't look like this cute little finch:))) I was trying to say it was ME popping in after such a time away from yours, and other galleries.:))) gotta go now, Mr. O is waiting for me (just like a man) to go help gather some straw for our flower beds!! fun fun! uh er NOT! but sure does make the flower beds and landscape plants look more manicured and pretty!! c ya later! warm wishes my friend, hugs...~~Sarah~~

Nick Weall on April 25, 2013

Sarah O LOL ~~ Enjoy the straw gathering Sarah, why not just buy a bale or two? Enjoy your day ~ hugs ~ nick

Sarah O on April 25, 2013

OH! We would,!! Nick but we have to have SO MUCH this year, and each year the price of this stuff soars, so when one has friends willing for us to come get ALL WE WANT, hey, that ain't bad huh??.. Now, Iam waiting on him!! HAHAHA!! slow poke!! :)) c ya..OH come on over and grab a rake, we could use the extra help:))) oh well, forget it, you wouldnt' get here in time.:)) hugs...Sarah

Nick Weall on April 25, 2013

Sarah O Don't quite understand how you are gathering straw at this time of year dear Sarah ~ is it loose stuff from the floor of a barn perhaps? But yes to have friends who offer it all free of charge ~ then you just have to crack the whip and get Mr O working :))) I used to work on a farm many moons ago for a while so could be of use ~ but yes it would take a month of Sundays to get over to you ~ So I'll just take it easy here I think ~ Good gathering ~ hugs ~ nick

Sarah O on April 25, 2013

dear Nick over here the pine straw falls all during the winter and on into early parts of the year, maybe even into some of the early spring? so it is just laying there NOW ready to be harvested by whoever! Landowners even rent out large pine tree farms to those who want to come in and harvest the straw and sell it themselves, that person pays the landowner for "rights" to go in and gather the straw to have it baled and sold for good money, Each year a bale of straw is more and more pricey...So we are blessed with several friends who tell us to come get all we want, these are the friends who ARE NOT letting others come in an harvest it....NO, this isn't " loose stuff from the barn Nick:)) that might be "compost"...but we don't need THAT stuff, tho that would be great fertilizer:)) There are "short needle" pine trees, and long needle (straw) trees. We perfer the longer pine needles, they cover more ground and seems to last longer, and then there are those who prefer the short needle pine.
We are back with our first load, there was ot as much at this spot as we thought. Will go again tomorrow to another place...Come on! we'll wait for you:))))

Hugs to you as well, ~~Sarah~ wheewww tired!!

Nick Weall on April 26, 2013

Sarah O Two cultures separated by a common language ~ :))) Never knew that Pine Needles were referred to as Straw before ~ Thanks for explaining it all to me Sarah ~ I'm sorry still can't make it to help you as I'll soon be gathering nuts in May ~ Hugs ~ nick

Sarah O on April 26, 2013

OH Dear Nick my friend, you are so ABSOLUTELY right..The pine tree produces "needles", but here, it is used almost by every household in America, and, as long as I can remember, and my parents also,it has been referred to as "pine straw" is used as mulch in most landscapes around homes, businesses, etc. there ARE some other mulch used in some cases, but most predominately, "pine straw" is used.. It makes the flowers , plants, shrubs, just "pop" with a neat appearance and.. MOST useful, is its ability to keep weeds and unwanted growth from around the plants, if a good thick layer of the needles are placed, also helps keep the dirt moist.. I have taken a shot yesterday afternoon just after we placed a thick layer all around the front our home. I'll post it or send you an e mail to show you how nice it looks when using it this way.
and Yes, dear Nick, I have seen some folks actually placing "straw" that you refer to, in their yards. Some folks even use tree bark pellets, but this is subject to termites as they thrive off wood as you know...Again, Nick, your type of straw is used by some here, and has a lighter color, we call that "Hay"... in our barns and etc, you will find Hay as the floor for the animals. of course they eat hay as well, but it is paced in feeding stalls for them. in short, I suppose I'll put it this way, your straw is grown in the fields, our straw falls from pine trees and grown in fields.. I should have sent you a PM or an E mail with all this "grand information" :))))) (Oh one more tidbit of info...Nick I was raised as a little farm girl..til I was about 12, I helped my dad on our farm, then he gave up farming and we moved into town, when the farming became less and less profitable. I have two brothers, one older and one younger than I, the younger one never knew about farm life as my older brother and I did.. (Did you get all that, Nick)? :))) sorry this is so long... Have a great weekend, we are off now for more "pine straw"... Hugs to you Nick, ~~Sarah~~

Nick Weall on April 26, 2013

Sarah O, ~ Hay for us is the long cut grass, that is mown in meadows during May and June, it is then left on the ground to dry and will be turned a time or two. before being baled to be used as animal fodder in winter. Straw comes from the cereal crops, Oats, wheat and barley etc, it is the stalks left after the combined harvester has taken the grain and chucked the straw out behind it in long swathes ~ This too is left to dry and then baled to be used as bedding mostly. These days it can be burnt for heat too. Farming is hard work and I found better ways to earn my crust, however it is a lovely way of life ~ I like long messages dear Sarah :~) I planted out 100 little Geranium plants in our greenhouse a few days ago ~ the first of the year, soon the will be other little babies to join em ~ Enjoy your weekend too ~ hugs ~ nick

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    by Nick Weall
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