Sunday, 16 May 2010
This picture is of a Goldfinch seen by me whilst waiting on platform 2 for the train to Leeds.
It is I think a male goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), the European goldfinch a small bird of the finch family. In this photo you can only see a little of the bright yellow on the wings that give this little bird its name. The collective noun for this species is 'a charm of goldfinches' which I think is a good one because these little birds are indeed charming.
The goldfinch is easily recognized with its patch of red across the face, golden yellow wing bars and black and white markings on the head, wings and tail. I have no garden where I live now so I look forward to seeing birds like these on my journeys around the area where I live.
I used to see a fox quite often on platform 3 of Shipley station on my morning journey into Leeds. We would just stop and look at each other for a few moments when he would turn and trot off back the way he had come.
Tomorrow news of Leeds singer songwriter Hannah Trigwell.