April 21st- goldfinches and dandelions

Another fine day, but with a strong Easterly breeze. We have had day after day of unbroken sunshine. You have to be careful what you wish for, but as an artist I am rather missing clouds now. The ground is very dry and we could really do with a good soaking. My son has a school project on sounds, so we walked down to the sand martin colony to listen to their distinctive calls. The strong wind in the Scots pine trees was a great start; the ivy cladding the tall, straight trunks rustled, the harsh sound increasing in volume with each gust. By contrast the wind through the pine needles above was soothing. We listened intensely to each birdsong, this morning we heard sand martin, stock dove, woodpigeon, goldfinch, greenfinch, great tit and blackbird. Finally we stopped by the spring and listened to the water dropping into the beck.

I watched a goldfinch feeding on the dandelions this morning. A small percentage of the cadmium yellow flowers are now turning to seed and they are quick to spot this. This beautiful species clamours over garden feeders these days and I am grateful for that, but somehow seeing a pair quietly feeding on dandelions, which I had deliberately left, made me look anew. Not the mass riot of colour of a flock, but time to study individual markings and behaviour.


2 thoughts on “April 21st- goldfinches and dandelions”

  1. Dear Jonathan,

    Your sketches are really lovely and I particularly like today’s offering. Are you likely to sell them when we come out the other side? If so, I’d love this one unless it’s already taken.

    Hoping you and your family are well. Matthew is growing a lockdown beard and looks like a mixture of Captain Birdseye and Graham Norton right now!

    Anyway, take care and keep the lovely pictures coming.

    Best wishes


    Fiona Kellow


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    1. Thanks so much Fiona. Matthew will be unsurprised that Hannah discovered lots of unread replies on here and marched me out to the studio to type! He did once say that she deserved a Government grant for marrying me!! The goldfinches are in a sketchbook. I have been very uncommercial(or perhaps not) about this lockdown project and I am not sure what will become of it all. But creatively it has been a wonderful time.
      Matthew with the beard! Brilliant. It was lovely to see Robin And Beryl recently. Seems such a long time ago now, in a different world.
      Great to her from you and I will let you know on the sketches,

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