Goldfinches fighting

goldfinches-fightingnewGoldfinches have an underserved reputation of gentle birds, but, if you have spent any time watching them feed, either in gardens or in fields margins of brownfield sites where teasels and burdock grow, you’ll realise¬†are quarrelsome birds that defend their flower head aggressively. Usually a hunched posture -bill open, pointy as a dagger- towards an oncoming bird suffices to scare it¬†away. Other times both birds fly and chase each other fiercely, hovering with their tiny claws trying to grab the enemy.