This year goldfinches have become more of a feature in my garden. For several years now goldfinches have been overwintering in the UK in increasing numbers. Many of you will have been getting them, perhaps on your niger feeders, for a long while. We now have four regulars. The robins have started to sing and two birds are trying to work out whether they are a pair or rivals – even they find it difficult to tell males from females. And, yet again, no song thrush singing in the birch tree. We lost our breeding song thrushs some years ago but we still occasionally get a single singing bird in winter. But if we don’t get one soon this will be the third winter without even a little bit of that wonderful song. If they are in your garden – enjoy them!
How did the birdwatch go for you?