Sunflower hearts popular with Goldfinch

The way to a Goldfinch’s heart is through sunflowers. A recent survey by the BTO has shown that record numbers of these colourful birds visited our gardens last winter, with 70% more gardens reporting visits by the species than 20 years ago.

Results of the Goldfinch Feeding Survey showed that Goldfinches in gardens seem to prefer supplementary foods to natural ones, their favourite food was sunflower hearts, beating the oft-advised niger seed into second place. Natural foods such as thistle and teasel were also favoured by the birds.