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European Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis


Medium sized finch (12 - 13.5 cm). Unmistakable with its red face, black hood and white cheeks. Body, a soft dark buff on the back and upper rump, breast is white with a light brown crescent and flanks. lower rump is white going to a black tail with white spots. Wings are also black with white tips to the flight feathers and a broad yellow wing bar. The bill is pale and is long and pointed for a finch.


A common bird in the UK and most of western Europe. This little guy was part of a feeding flock of about a dozen goldfinches feeding in alder trees in the RSPB reserve at Radipole Lake in the town of Weymouth in southern England.


I have more often seen these birds feeding on thistle and burdock near the ground so was delighted to find them in these small alders on a cold winters morning. They certainly brightened the place up!

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remkinloch a year ago

Lovely series of photos, the red and gold of the finch are very strking against the winter colour palette.

triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Ashley for the nomination a very pleasant surprise. Thank you Mark and Maria for your supportive comments. I am glad you like it.

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Lovely series!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Nice angles. Another top spotting.

AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Zlatan, I appreciate your comment.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Lovely shots, Triggs

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Weymouth and Portland, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jan 2, 2019
Submitted on Jan 19, 2019

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