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Young Goldfinch

By AnnJ
We had gale force winds today here in Scotland and I discovered this young Goldcrest on the lawn and we think it must have been blown out of its nest. However by the time I returned with my camera it had managed to get itself up onto a branch so I am very much hoping it has survived its ordeal.

Thanks for pointing out the typo, it is a Goldfinch and not Goldcrest

Tags: Scotland General Close up Garden birds Wildlife and nature Goldcrest birds

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14 Apr 2013 9:33PM
I hope the bird will be able to survive without its parents. Lovely image.


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Graham_P 11 1 19 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2013 9:44PM
I think you'll find it a Goldfinch Ann.
It won't be a youngster as they're only just starting to nest. Wink

AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
14 Apr 2013 9:51PM

Quote:I think you'll find it a Goldfinch Ann.
It won't be a youngster as they're only just starting to nest. Wink


Thanks for correcting that typo Graham, it is indeed a Goldfinch! Ann
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2013 10:01PM
He does look a bit bedraggled but hopefully he's ok!
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
14 Apr 2013 11:20PM
The poor wee baby... Good capture. IB
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2013 12:45AM
I always mix up goldfinches and goldcrests!
A wonderful colourful bird - hope he's OK!
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
15 Apr 2013 6:49AM
Hope it's ok,A lovely imageSmile
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
15 Apr 2013 7:29AM
A lovely capture..he is so pretty...hope the winds have died down
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
15 Apr 2013 8:40AM
It is to early for young Goldfinch, this is an Adult who seems to be quite ill............this puffed up look can sometimes seem as if they are keeping warm but I think this one is quite poorly..................SadSadSad
15 Apr 2013 9:01AM
Excellent image Ann
hope he was ok great shot like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2013 1:16PM
Hope he is all right, a great image AnnSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
15 Apr 2013 1:35PM
I think Natureshaven is correct in thinking that it is too early for young Goldfinches. I think the gale force winds blew this bird off a branch and he was probably stunned for a while. We found a dead siskin on the lawn about an hour later. At that point there was no sign of the Goldfinch and today there are several of them feeding from my bird feeder so I like to think he is one of these!

It is a calmer day today thank goodness!
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
8 Jun 2013 11:43PM
it is a lovely goldfinch.. we had the same horrible icy wind here which is why I have about 10% of the butterflies we had last year. Does hurt to hear about your birds, well I told them they are welcome to stay in my garden but they insisted on travelling north!, I love siskins.

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