Dropping in to feed ~ Greenfinches in Dunstable

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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.

Overview Latin name Carduelis chloris

Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Where to see them A common countryside bird found in woods and hedges, but mostly found close to man on farmland and in parks, town and village gardens and orchards. Only absent from upland areas without trees and bushes.

When to see them All year round

What they eat Seeds and insects

Population Europe UK breeding* UK wintering* UK passage* - 734,000 territories - - * UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn

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Comments (16)

Mircea_RAICU on October 13, 2013

Wow , very good ...
Great work , LIKE !

Nick Weall on October 13, 2013

Mircea_RAICU ~ Hello it takes a lot of patience and then a fast shutter ~ Glad you like this one ~ Best wishes ~ nick

Sixten Imgs on October 13, 2013

They are back!? You are back!? The food is back...? :)

Nice zooming again, Nick. I am a fan of this lively supertrio.

Best wishes

Nick Weall on October 13, 2013

sixten_imgs, ~ Summer has gone ~~~ now we must fatten up for the coming winter ~ These Greenfinches take the task seriously and are pleased to have your support as a fan :~))) All the best ~ nick

Doru Paiusan on October 13, 2013

Lovely and delicate picture!

Nick Weall on October 13, 2013

Doru Paiusan, ~ Thanks for your kind comments :~)

Lady Harley on October 14, 2013

Nice catch * Nick * !!!

* Like *

Cheers ~ Judy

Nick Weall on October 14, 2013

Lady Harley Hiya Judy and many thanks for your nice comment and like ~ All the best to you ~ nick

Kenny Wharton on October 14, 2013

Hi Nick

Great capture. I think the winter migrants are here up In NE England. I came across one the other day hopping around the grass and reluctant to fly. I suspect it was exhausted after being on the wing for a long time.

Keep feeding and keep these shots coming!



Nick Weall on October 14, 2013

© KennyW, ~ Hi Kenny this feeders are topped up every working day, at the weekend they are not, so Monday morning the birds are pleased to see me again :~) Loads of us help the birds especially through the winter ~ So I'll keep doing my bit ~ All the best ~ nick

A beautiful image with very good work!!!

Like+, with friendly greetings Nikos1954 from Greece-Piraeus.!!!!!

Nick Weall on October 18, 2013

NIKOS1954, Hello Nikos and thank you for your kind encouraging comments and like ~ All the very best to you in Piraeus ~ nick

AlexSidorchenko_1267 on October 20, 2013


Nick Weall on October 20, 2013

AlexSidorchenko_1267 :~) Thank you ~~~

MarkWNS on October 20, 2013

Brilliant 'slow-mo' capture Nick, I'm really pleased all your hard work & patience is paying off.
Best regards, Mark

Nick Weall on October 20, 2013

MarkWNS, The truth is Mark take enough shots of this sort of thing and if you are lucky something like this turns up ~ impossible to accurately predict you can only click and hope as the moment develops :~) Thanks for the positive comments ~ All the best ~ nick

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 13, 2013
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    by Nick Weall
    • Taken on 2013/10/12 11:18:42
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1600)
    • Focal Length: 300.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash