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European Robin & European Goldfinch
When first set up, the feeders attracted Goldfinches by the dozen, feeding and fighting each other. The Robin kept out of harm's way and foraged for odd bits of food dropped on the ground. Recently though, the Robin has plucked up courage and started perching on the feeder itself, ignored by the finches, who in between brief spells of feeding, devote their energies solely to attacking each other.

There may be more than one Robin hereabouts, but I never see more than one at a time.

Through window glass. Thank you for your comments, and good birding!

Robin: Woodland of various kinds, usually deciduous or mixed but purely coniferous in some areas. Found in lower branches of trees and in bushes and shrubs, usually feeding on the ground. Common in parks and gardens, especially in Britain, also hedgerows and road verges but avoids most open spaces, except maybe on migration. May enter buildings in very harsh weather (Opus). Goldfinch: Weedy fields, gardens (Opus)
London, UK
Date taken
21 January 2024
Scientific name
Erithacus rubecula, Carduelis carduelis
Equipment used
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM (at 200mm)
Shutter speed, aperture & ISO
1/1000th sec, f/5, ISO 1000, exposure bias -2/3 EV
How lovely to get these two species together, John.
Fabulous double capture with excellent eye contact on both birds. Wonderful focus, dof, colors, detail, and background. Superb John! TFS!
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Oooh!!!! I keep praying for Goldfinches to come to my feeders... get one very occasionally, but I'd so love a little flock of them LOL That's a terrific picture you've taken of these two guys John... well done my friend.

I've not seen that feeder anywhere, it looks really good and, I presume, is easy to clean out the bottom? Where did you get it?

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Canon Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Focal length
200.0 mm
Exposure time
1/1000 second(s)
Off, did not fire
Robin and Goldfinch 443A0942 standard BF rev.jpg
File size
416 KB
Date taken
Sun, 21 January 2024 12:13 PM
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