Tumbling goldfinches

There are some gorgeous autumn and winter mornings when the sun rises over the marsh and flocks of goldfinches tumble into the masses of fluffy white thistle heads of the sea aster.

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Here goldfinches plunder the seed heads at the edge of the marsh in sight of the redshank on the mudflats.

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The stems of the sea aster are a lovely wine red in autumn but fade to a pale raw umber with the wear and tear of the tide and winter storms.

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In flight they bounce along twittering to each other and are often in company with other seed loving birds such as linnets.

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