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A tree-seed feeder, the Siskin is particularly associated with conifers, but also feeds in birch and alder trees in winter. It visits gardens to eat peanuts and sunflower seeds, but is not usually a ground-feeder. In winter, it associates in … Continue reading
Although it is widespread in Europe „ even in cool, damp climates, the Goldfinch seems most at home in the hot, sunny summer of the Mediterranean. Its bouncy, lively actions and flashing colours go well with the bright, dry conditions … Continue reading
Typically a treetop bird, the Redpoll can also be found with Linnets in weedy fields, or feeding on the ground under birches where vast amounts of seeds have fallen. Most often, however, Redpoll groups feed, frequently with Siskins, in trees … Continue reading
Unusual in that it feeds its young on seeds, the Twite needs plentiful flowers and herbs going to seed all year round. The loss of many flowery meadows has caused widespread declines and contractions in its range.Twites resemble Linnets but … Continue reading
A small, lively, sociable finch, the Linnet breeds in small colonies and feeds in flocks all year round. Flocks move together, tightly coordinated, unlike the looser aggregations formed by Chaffinches. They are ground feeders, while Redpolls and Siskins are mostly … Continue reading
Generally less common and not nearly so ubiquitous as the Chaffinch, the Brambling can nevertheless gather in gigantic flocks in winter, especially in central Europe. In the west, their numbers fluctuate from year to year with the food supply, especially … Continue reading
One of Europe’s most abundant birds, the Chaffinch forms an obvious species pair with the Brambling.The two often feed together outside the breeding season; their general shape, pattern, and behaviour are very similar. Chaffinches breed in separate territories, proclaimed by … Continue reading