Scientific name: Apamea monoglypha
A highly coloured finch with a bright red face and yellow wing patch. Sociable, often breeding in loose colonies, they have a delightful liquid twittering song and call. Their long fine beaks allow them to extract otherwise inaccessible seeds from thistles and teasels. Increasingly they are visiting birdtables and feeders. In winter many UK goldfinches migrate as far south as Spain.
Where you can see them
Anywhere there are scattered bushes and trees, rough ground with thistles and other seeding plants. Likes orchards, parks, gardens, heathland and commons. Less common in upland areas and most numerous in southern England.
When to see them
All year round.
Caterpillar Food Plants
Grasses including Common Couch (Elytrigia repens) and Cock’s-foot (Dactylis glomeratus).
A ubiquitous species, found in gardens, all types of grassland, arable land, hedgerows and verges, woodland, marshes, heathland and high moorland.