Iv’e noticed for a number of years now that our area is a bit of a magnet for Goldfinches. There are many open fields with seeds for the species to take advantage of like the Thistle species.
In Britain, the Goldfinch is a partial migrant, with some birds, mainly males, staying here in winter but others migrate in September and October and some pass through our area to winter in Belgium, France and Spain.
This year, so far has been good for goldfinch. From the 1/9 to 9/9 I have recorded a total of 542 moving to the S/W and N/W. In addition good number of Goldfinches have been observed feeding in and around Caldene fields with the highest count of 70+ on the 8/9/20.