Okay, not thousands. But lots. We reckon the local goldfinch pairs have managed three broods this year, and as a result we’ve had a steady influx of babies throughout the summer and into autumn. Even now we get a real mix of birds at all stages of their plumage.
As you can see, they like to muster in the Willow tree that overlooks the garden. At times there will be 15-20 in the garden, another 15-20 in the willow, and another 15-20 circling waiting for space. We estimate a bare minimum of 50 in the flock.
Eventually they descend on the feeders:
They can be quite squabblesome, and for otherwise pretty and quite pleasant sounding birds, they are vicious. There’s little sign of a clear hierarchy in there. Anyway, a few more pictures. See how many goldfinches you count in the following pictures: