I've only occasionally seen them "in real life" though, as they're an infrequent visitor to our garden.
So I was quite delighted last week when our birdfeeder was host to not one...
... not two...
... but THREE lovely goldfinches!
They've come back several times since then, it is such a joy to see them. I couldn't resist taking a little video of a pair of them enjoying the seeds. Birds are so awesome :)
(Can't see the video? Click here to view it on Google Plus.)
I am feeling quite inspired to work on some bird-themed patterns now!