A new survey indicates that Eurasian Goldfinches in England are up 78% over the ten-year average, an increase attributed to people using a new mix of birdseed, one that includes nyger.  Forgive this American birder his skepticism, but I bet that the number of birds remained roughly level but they just came to feeders and were counted more often.  I just don’t think that a new birdseed could have that dramatic an impact on any bird population in so short a time.  Any British birders want to weigh in on this?

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.