This small finch is a resident at Wellington where it can be seen amongst the quads and gardens. Often in large family flocks called Charms, they will descend en masse to feed on seeds and buds on plants. Their bills are particularly adapted to take the seeds out of thistle heads. A colourful bird, the male and female are almost indistinguishable, they are characterised by their red face and golden bars on their wings.
The Greater Spotted Woodpecker is one of two Woodpecker species that we have here at Wellington. The other being the Green Woodpecker. The Greater Spotted Woodpecker can be seen and often heard drumming from the trees as it looks for food in dead branches and also in Springtime can use the drumming to call a mate and establish territory. The Woodpecker nests in holes in trees that it is able to hollow out. It feeds on grubs, bugs and insects and also will take young birds from nests if it gets a chance. It is a fairly common visitor to garden bird feeders on-site as well.