Resident all the year round this is our smallest finch. It is about the size of a Bluetit and just as agile. During the winter they move around in large flocks, their constant twittering call usually making them heard before they are seen.
They have smaller bills than other finches which is reflected in their diet. They particularly like seeds from spruce and pine cones, also cone seeds such as birch, alder and conifer, and insects. In winter they are also attracted to nut feeders.
Nests are usually built high up in conifer trees from mid March. They usually have 2 clutches a year.
The bird in the photo above is the male bird.