FINCH FEST

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild March -

Siskins have cashed in on our love of putting food out for the birds as much as any other species, and now are fre­quently seen at gar­den feed­ers up and down the coun­try. These pretty finches visit year-round, but num­bers usu­ally peak in March as birds fuel up be­fore head­ing to breed­ing ar­eas. They may stay to nest in gar­dens with tall conifers, how­ever. Siskins are smaller and dain­tier than sim­i­lar-look­ing green­finches, though will dom­i­nate bird­feed­ers and threaten larger species with open­winged dis­plays of ag­gres­sion.

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