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European Goldfinch - Stillits - Carduelis carduelis
Steglits - Stillits - Tikli

Goldfinch used to be quite a scarce species in Øygarden but is now a regular migrant (mostly in the late autumn) and winter visitor. In 2020 there were even singing birds present in the breeding season. Up to around the age of around seven or eight this was my favourite bird - it is still special but no longer top of the list:)

They are rather common in the Oslo area and can be seen all year round in a variety of habitats.

Goldfinch at Breivik, Øygarden, November 2018
Above and below: Goldfinch at Breivik, Øygarden, November 2018

Goldfinch at Breivik, Øygarden, November 2018

The images above were taken using a DSLR with a 400mm lens. Below are digiscoped.

European Goldfinch
A European Goldfinch in evening light, near Elswick, Northumberland, 09.10.2006

European Goldfinch

European Goldfinch, Tjeldstø, Øygarden, 22.12.2004.

Another species that is decidly commoner in North Northumberland, U.K. than in Øygarden, Hordaland.

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