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Friday, April 16, 2010

Goldfinches, Still?

I recently reported that our migratory, Winter goldfinches were pretty much gone from our yard. I hadn't seen them in quite some time. Well, I was utterly surprised to see this out our back window the other day;

Not only are some still around, but that one male is almost in full breeding plumage now. We've never seen goldies in breeding plumage here. It was a pleasant surprise!

In other news, the indigo bunting count has largely stalled at 3 males & a female. This may change in the next week or so. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out.


Sidney said...


Charles Gramlich said...

Such gorgeous colors.

Travis said...

What a wonderful surprise!

avery said...

That bunting is beautiful. We don't get birds like that around here.

Abraham said...
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mypixelsblog said...

I really like the indigo bunting. Our goldfinches are brilliant now up here in Ohio. No indigo buntings though.

JR's Thumbprints said...

One thing we're not lacking in Michigan this spring is gold finches. They visit our bird feeder near the pond on a regular basis.

timethief said...

More great photos - yay! We normally get the American gold finches in full breeding color up here, but they aren't here this year and I am not amused that they are down south.

The climate change deniers/conspiracy theorists/ teabaggers can bullshit their way all the way to the moon. This canuck commie pinko socialist knows it won't change the truth, we are witnessing the effects of global warming. :P

Lana Gramlich said...

Sidney; Thanks.

Charles Gramlich; Not as gorgeous as yours.

Travis; Definitely!

avery; The indigo buntings don't stay, they just rest up a while on their migration up north. Still, it's a blessing to have them, even just for a few weeks.

mypixelsblog; We love to see the buntings, too. I wait all year for this!

JR; They're lovely to watch.

TT; Fear not, the goldfinches are on their way (from what I hear from blog friends farther north.) I hear you on global warming, of course. Too loud & clear, unfortunately. <:(

Wren said...

We definitely have them up north now, and bright gold. Perhaps this one flies to the beat of a different drum. :)

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