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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Goldfinches & Others


I was delighted to see goldfinches at the feeders today.
This is the first I've seen of them since I moved here.

21 comments:

Shauna Roberts said...

I put up a thistle seed feeder, and it is starting to attract finches. I put it outside my office window so that I could watch them, but they're very shy. As soon as I turn my head, they're away. My cat gets a better view because she creeps up very slowly to see them.

Chris said...

Even in winter with their drab color, they're still beautiful. I love their soft, excited "tweeting" sounds they make. Glad to see them visit you!

mon@rch said...

Love seeing the Goldfinch but the Cardinal and Red-bellied Woodpecker are also stunning birds!

Marvin said...

Goldfinches are a welcome addition to one's backyard bird herd. We have them year round, but more in winter.

Julie said...

See goldfinches occasionally here - the others are stunning. We have vivid green parakeets - escaped from a Tarzan film set at Elstree Studios in the 1950's and they have colonized the South of London; relatively mild weather here for them. Noisy little beggars.

Charles Gramlich said...

So we've got a gold rush in our own backyard eh?

Lana Gramlich said...

Shauna; Our birds tend to be flighty, too (pardon the pun.) Cool that you're starting to get birds!

Chris; Welcome to my blog. I had to double check the finches, as I'm so used to them being that bright yellow, y'know?

Mon@rch; Yes, I had to show both pictures. I also have one with a male cardinal (instead of the female,) & a white throated sparrow looking right at the camera (+ the chippers, like in this picture.) Hopefully we'll see a male woodpecker again soon--been a while now.

Marvin; We keep a little book of animals we've seen here. It's called "Visitors to the Hermitage" & I always love to add new guests to the list. :)

Julie; We have some kind of green parrots in Southern Louisiana that were also originally brought over as pets. I'm not sure what they're called, but I did see one on the South shore (before we moved last year.)

Charles; A slightly dulled goldrush. Winter plumage. *L*

Donnetta Lee said...

We've had blue birds of some kind on the porch lately. They are small and have brown breasts. I'm not sure what the really are, but they are pretty and don't seem to mind the cold much. I'll be glad to see spring and all the flying friends it brings! Long way to go.
Donnetta

Erik Donald France said...

Sweet! With any luck, I'll be seeing some finches soon, too.

Lana Gramlich said...

Donetta; Sounds like they might be Eastern bluebirds. (Hang in there...Spring is closer than [next] Autumn, at this point!)

Erik; I'll cross my fingers for you.

Church Lady said...

Hi Lana,
I'm sorry I haven't been here. I had no idea you had a blog! I checked when I first 'met' you on Charles' blog, but I could've sworn you didn't have a blog.
My bad.

Do you make your own birdfeeders? I've never had one, but would love to have one someday! Those pictures are beautiful!
:-)

Crayons said...

Hey Lana,

Goldfinches are one my favorites -- partly because I can actually identify them, but also because of there energy and color. Thanks for these.

Lana Gramlich said...

Church Lady; No biggie & thanks for the kind words. *L* No, I don't make my own feeders. The hanging one was from a garden store close to my friend's house, my other hanging feeder (not pictured here,) is from Amazon & the rest are a tree stump (& leftover "stumplets.")
3 more (not pictured here,) were utterly destroyed by raccoons on their first nights out. I've since stopped buying feeders. *L*

Caroline; Anytime. :) They're pretty prolific (& bright) birds during Canadian Summers. I'd never seen their Winter plumage before & had to double check my references to make sure that's what I was seeing.

Steve Malley said...

Your goldfinches look different to our Kiwi variant. The wings are similar, but ours have bright red reverse-mohawks and a vivid yellow bib!

Donnetta Lee said...

Lana: The little blue birds I saw DO look like the Eastern Bluebirds--you provided the link above. Thanks! I enjoyed reading about them. Sweet little birds. They are hanging around with me, waiting for spring.
Donnetta

Lana Gramlich said...

Steve; Bright red reverse mohawks--cool!
I enjoy seeing the winter plumage here. I'm used to their summer plumage from more Northerly days.

Donnetta; They're always lovely to have around! They're rare visitors here, but there's a good flock at the Flatwoods preserve, nearby.

Wren said...

What fun! I've not used that type of feeder for goldfinches, always the tube feeders (fun to watch them upside down).

Lana Gramlich said...

Wren; I only use that feeder because the raccoons have as yet left it standing. <:\ Whoever comes is welcome (except squirrels.)
I've seen them at tube feeders--great for a chuckle!

Rob said...

I love when the Goldfinches are passing through. We have them here, too. You probably have robins and red-winged blackbirds in the open fields around you now. Robins will pose for you but the red-winged blackbirds ... not so much. :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Rob; We had a whack of robins a while back (& I'm sure they're still around.) I haven't seen a red-winged blackbird since I left Canada, so I'll have to keep an eye out for them. Thanks for the tip.

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

No goldfinches here - you must have them!

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