Young country diary: my first ever goldfinch, and it’s staring right at me

Young country diary: my first ever goldfinch, and it’s staring right at me

South-west London: I’ve never seen one before! I’m enthralled by its song and its beautiful colours

I’m on a walk with my mum – it’s way too early to be awake. The path is wet with morning dew. Flowers stand still in a breezeless field. Then, movement. A splash of colour – I squint. Over there, settling on a branch, a bird turns its head. Beady eyes look into mine as we regard each other. My mum powers on, oblivious. Is there a bird as bewitching as this? Its song is as gentle and enchanting as the soft bubble of a brook. I am enthralled by the beauty of the colours that decorate its small body. Beautifully adorned with an array of alluring yellows and crimsons.

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