Singing like a canary two quite different ravishing quality songs with a great deal of tinkling twittering to long descending notes perched in high trees.
Thick powerful bill is adapted to opening larger nuts. Brood 1; 2.
Once formed large flocks on farmland often nesting with 4-6 pairs. Farming changes put a stop to this. ‘Nest in dense branches near trunk of tree, in hedges or scrub.’
Garden feeding is now crucial. Present true numbers – Unknown. But. Not good!
Help Greenfinches: Summer invertebrates insects seed-cones from alder trees.
Grow plants thistles and teasels.
Hanging feeders with small nyger seeds and sunflower hearts. Inspect not dusty-mouldy.
Supply fresh water for drinking and bathing.
Feeding – It’s important to maintain feeding all year round once you have attracted regular bird visitors to your garden.
Late winter and early spring are particularly crucial times when natural food is in short supply. Get into the habit of topping up feeders putting food on bird tables first thing in the morning.
‘In winter you may need to do this more than once a day.’ Porridge oats are short substitute if food is running out of normal mixes, can be used as a supplementary food all year.
“Keep feeders and bird-bathes weekly clean as Greenfinches are prone to catching diseases spread by dirty feeders.”
“Nature and ‘leave it to nature’ has never existed.” Mankind has interfered and dictated for all time. Now we must continue -
TO CORRECT all that we have thrown at and used up from – Nature. Having created this chronic – ‘Imbalance’ -
“Against those species unable to adapt cope or compete and tragically to even be allowed to survive for much longer.”
News Letter – 2008 December; Shooting Times: ‘A Conservationist No More’ - G.Morris
Having planted trees in my village in the early 1970’s, created a four-acre wildlife reserve in the 1980’s and annually coppiced firewood in nearby woods for many years, I used to feel proud when people on occasion said ‘I hear you are a bit of a conservationist.’
Appeals to the RSPB (which in those days we trusted totally) to consider the need for control of the rapidly increasing hawk population proved fruitless and their reasoning suspect.
“In the late 1990s, badgers wiped out hedgehogs and decimated bumblebee nests in our mini-nature reserve as well as doing damage to farmland and village gardens.”
‘We raised the matter with our local Wildlife Trust but there was a horrified reaction when we suggested the need for badger control.’
With the so-called professional environmentalists, the RSPB, BBC and the Bill Oddie types full of half truths and seeking suburban popularity. I now find the title of conservationist rather distasteful. I prefer conserve or plain countryman.
Despite not participating in field sports we are now subscribers to Shooting Times rather than national wildlife magazines as we prefer the wise countryman’s logic of ST’s contributions to the biased pseudo-scientists.
– G.Morris, Suffolk 2008 December – Shooting Times:
Greenfinch – “Singing like a canary two different quality songs a great deal of tinkling twittering to long descending notes” – Numbers?
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