Goldfinches singing at Tipperary Hills

The welcome stretch in the evenings has gently arrived and birdsong has definitely increased over the last few weeks at Tipperary Hills.

The welcome stretch in the evenings has gently arrived and birdsong has definitely increased over the last few weeks at Tipperary Hills.

Walking in the hills the other day we heard the beautiful calls of Goldfinches in flight.

This bird was once very scarce due to its beautiful colours and song as it was caught and kept as a songbird. Thankfully this practice has all but stopped and Goldfinches are now regular visitors to our gardens to feed on nuts and seeds.

In the wild they eat the seeds of thistles and Burdocks and it was traditionally called ‘The Thistle Finch’. A flock of Goldfinches is called a ‘Charm’ and having a good selection of wildflowers growing in the hills will help them to survive.