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I get lots of goldfinches in my garden every day and was wondering where they go to at night as they fly off and I don't see them till the next day?

Sent in by Cheryl Field, Stafford

Goldfinches, along with most other finches, tend to be more social outside the breeding season. They will feed and roost together. Diurnal birds usually start heading back to their preferred roost site as the light starts to fade in the evening.

Flocks of goldfinches roost together in the inner branches of trees, particularly oak and beech trees. Some roosts can contain hundreds of birds but generally they are smaller. Goldfinches often join with greenfinches, chaffinches and linnets to form communal roosts. The roost site can change from one night to the next, but they can use the same on for prolonged periods.

Their roosts can be several miles away from where they feed so they have to do a lot of traveling. They leave early in the morning to feed and then usually have a rest during the day so they will find a suitable roost site in daylight as well.

Most songbirds will roost in trees or some kind of vegetation but roofs, sheds and nestboxes are also popular as roost sites for birds such as tits and starlings.

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