Why is the linnet among the least solitary of birds?

Because it frequents open commons and gorsy fields, where several pairs, without the least rivalry or contention, will build their nests and rear their offspring in the same neighbourhood. This duty over, the families unite, and form large associations, feeding and moving in company, as one united household ; and, resorting to the head of some sunny tree, they will pass hours chattering with each other in a low and gentle note; and they will thus regularly assemble during any occasional bright gleam throughout all the winter season And still their voice is song, which, heard at some little distance, forms a very pleasing concert, innocent and joyous. - Knapp.