We have a fair assortment of birds visiting our garden, but the ones I have hoped to attract don’t seem to visit very often. In past years I’ve put out Niger seeds to attract the Goldfinches but I’ve never actually seen any feeding on the feeders and I had to throw them away once the seed got damp and before it deteriorated further.
A couple of days ago I was looking out the living room window enjoying my breakfast when I saw two Goldfinches in our front garden. They were eating the seeds from the old flowers heads, Knautia flowers, I think. I leave the seed heads on my perennials in the autumn, hoping the birds would feed on them in the winter; food supplies are getting scarcer now so I imagine they are looking round for food.
I managed to creep past the window to get my camera from upstairs and they were still there when I got back! I took the images through the living room window as I knew I would spook them if I tried to go outside. It was pouring with rain but they stayed for some time and I was in the comfort of a warm dry house so I enjoyed watching and taking photos of them.
I have seen small flocks round the village so there are a few about.