Goldfinches in Ireland
goldfinch is one of Ireland's most widespread birds. It is a permanent
resident however the native population may be swelled by winter
migrants from Europe.
goldfinch is a striking and highly coloured finch with a bright
red face and yellow wing patch. It is a sociable bird and has a
delightful liquid twittering song and call. Their long fine beaks
allow them to reach otherwise inaccessible seeds from thistles and
they are visiting bird tables and feeders in Irish gardens.
Name for Goldfinch
Irish name for the goldfinch is Lasair
classic image of Goldfinches is one of them perched and feeding
on a thistle. However Goldfinches feed on various tree seeds, such
as alder and birch, as well as on thistle, teasel and dandelion
seed and teasels may attract them in gardens, especially if there
are no fields nearby with thistles and dandelions. They will also
feed on sunflower hearts and will readily use peanut feeders.
will also feed on some invertebrates in the summer months.
eggs are 17mm X 13mm and weigh 1.5g of which approximately 5% is
eggshell. They usually produce 5 eggs in each brood and up to three
broods per year. Incubation takes about two weeks and in two and
half weeks the chicks will have fledged.
build a cup-shaped nest that is built by the female alone using
moss, grass and lichen, and usually lined with wool and plant down.
The nest is usually constructed in a tree towards the end of a branch
or in a bush, and often in large gardens and orchards, but also
in open woodland and hedgerows.
The eggs are incubated
by the females only however the chicks are fed by both parents.
Fact About Goldfinches
collective noun for a group of Goldfinches is a charm.