Throughout the course of the week, the garden’s cherry tree has become the local diner to our resident goldfinch population. On Sunday, I changed the mix on feeders, 1, 3 and 4 using the RSPB’s ‘Premium Feeder Mix’. It’s not cheap (pardon the pun), but the results have been nothing short of astonishing!
We’ve enjoyed visits in the past but nothing on this scale. Today we had 8 goldfinches, hanging from the branches like Christmas decorations! My camera’s zoom lens is only a modest, so I couldn’t get close enough without spooking them from their perch. Each time they would fly out the branches clapping their wings almost in applause.
So I decided to create a composition from the better pictures. Using Photoshop, I reduced the size of the birds in the background and changed the direction so they all faced the same way. I then printed the finished montage and produced this sketch. On the down side, I could have sworn I saw a sparrowhawk this afternoon.