These pretty finches are one of my favourite garden birds. They arrive in folks, ten or twelve birds at a time and announce their presence by noisy chattering. Not that they need any announcement since their plumage is so stunning. They frequently squabble over food, often sparring with each other mid flight or squawking loudly atop spindly tree branches. They’re very fond of thistle seeds but in the garden they enjoy sunflower kernels and niger seed.