Yes, it's Father's Day today and what better way to celebrate (when there's a sea between you and your dad) to have a post dedicated to the bird he loves most: the goldfinch!

The bird is common throughout Europe and even Northern Africa. Its breeding territory extends way out east into Russia, but in winter it is mainly found in West and South Europe. It's a lovely bird indeed, which I can usually see from my window here in Bonnie Scotland. Do you want those birds in your garden as well? Well, stop taking out those thistles, then you will not only have added a lovely plant to your garden but if there's any goldfinches in the area, they're sure to visit you as they love to forage on the seeding thistles!