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Lesser Redpoll

Acanthis cabaret


Carduelis carduelis

Until recently we captured few Goldfinch however once the species began to regularly visit  feeders and particularly the widespread provision of niger seed and sunflower hearts it is now captured each year in good numbers at our winter feeding stations and garden feeders. Flocks of 50 and more feed daily. Ringing shows that the turnover of individuals is far greater than might be expected.

Records:   3500+ birds have been ringed by Newbury Ringing Group; 1967 to 2013

                  20 birds ringed by us have been recovered elsewhere

                  7 birds ringed elsewhere have been recaptured by us.

                  Many are relatively local

Distance:  ringed  Abejar, Soria, Spain, 01-Jul-1974

recovered Chamberhouse Farm, nr Newbury, Berkshire 03-Jul-1976

1071 km 184 days

Longevity: ringed 05-Dec-2008 last captured 27-Mar-2012

                   4 years 113 days  

Goldfinch are much more widespread than they once were. They are regular visitors to feeding stations and garden feeders. Most are relatively local but we also have winter visitors from elsewhere in the UK and sometimes further. In recent years the population has increased considerably maybe due to global warming and the dryer conditions of recent decades.