Sunday, 29 August 2010

Juvenile Goldfinches

It was about five weeks ago I saw a juvenile Goldfinch at the Nyjer seed feeder so I was pleasantly surprised to see a couple of juveniles this week. They were with an adult and were obviously new to the idea of using feeders as they first tried the peanuts and then the mixed seed feeder before finding the correct seeds.

Adult at the top and juvenile beneath.
Adult and Juvenile Goldfinches

The juveniles always look plumper than the sleek adults and are missing the red to the top of the head.
Juvenile Goldfinch

I thought to myself they were a bit on the late side producing their offspring but as seed eaters I suppose this is just the right time for them to find plenty of natural seeds from thistles and teasels.

This is more in the way of an experiment. It is the first time I have used Picasa to make a slideshow. This is a batch of the photos taken a couple of days ago with the IR detector setup triggering the 350D monitoring the pond waterfall.


  1. Terrific setup on the waterfall shown in your last entry, and the slideshow works really well to show the various visitors ~ quite like time lapse. It's amazing how you can put all these various contraptions together and have success. It's obvious you enjoy it and glad you can share the processes and results here :)

  2. Thank you Glo. I was lucky to get a sunny day to test things out as it rained yesterday and is raining again today.

    Tinkering with various electronic things has been a hobby for over 50 years - mind you, you only see the successes. I stay with things which run from low voltage these days, much less painful when I make a mistake! Nothing quite matches the experience of sticking a hand too close to 5000 volts ~:>)

  3. The Picasa slide show works a treat, John. After seeing that, I am more convinced that I need to change our little garden pond (which all this summer has been little more than a scummy puddle) to a water feature with running water that gets filtered. Your birds seem to enjoy it so much!

  4. Hello Wilma. In fact the filter doesn't filter any more. I got fed up with cleaning the sponges so I took them out. Fortunately my pond manages to stay clear. The birds do seem to like water pools about 1/2 to 1 inch deep judging by all the different places I have seen them use. Also they may feel secure at the waterfall as there is a small tree and a hedge near by for them to retreat to as well as the plants growing close by.

    The pond is now used by so many creatures, damsels and dragons, frogs and newts, and countless other insects.

  5. Love that slide show John; really good.
    I'm getting quite a few juvenile Goldies visit at the moment.

  6. Thank you Keith. I was wondering if it should have gone a bit slower but as the birds are such a small part of the scene it is probably about right.
    Yes the young Goldies seem to have suddenly appeared. They are so sweet as they try everything to see which they can eat.

  7. Some really lovely photos of the juvenile Gold Finches - I must admit I don't think I've spotted any of these at all - hard enough finding the adults here - we had one regular visitor here last winter but that's all! Miranda

  8. Hello Miranda. The goldies have only been visiting here for just over a year and have recently re-appeared now the breeding season seems to be over.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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