Monday, May 20, 2013

Goldfinches

I know I am going overboard on sharing all these photos, but I can't tell you how excited I am to have Goldfinches back at the feeders again.  For quite a few years I didn't see any, even though I read up on what they liked to eat.  I would go to other places in the area and there they were but not in my garden.  This sock is full of thistle seed and even though I have used them before, this one has been the most popular one ever.   So here you go, all the goings on in our back garden.


Way too fuzzy but I cropped the photo from above.  I cropped quite a few of these shots.




























It seemed to be that there was a lot of territorial claiming at first.  Now I only see a single pair at the feeder.






This male house finch came one time, I haven't seen him back.



I will be linking with Anni's Bird D'Pot, Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's Nature Notes

39 comments:

Linda said...

What a treat! I SO enjoyed looking at your beautiful series here, Denise.

Betsy Adams said...

Gotta love Goldfinches --especially the males this time of year. They are just gorgeous. I especially like your 2nd photo. He looks like he is looking right at you!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Arija said...

I know all about the huge thrill t is to have a gold finch in your garden. Great sock feeder. Here it is so hard to get suitable feeders since feeding wild birds is discouraged but when you get to a certain time of life and don't get out much any more, it would be nice to entice the birds to come to visit.

Karen said...

Oh fabulous Denise! I know the excitement, I have had a few in my yard for the first time! Great shots of these pretty birds.

Indrani said...

Terrific captures. I am glad it came visiting.

eileeninmd said...

HI Denise, I love the pretty Goldfinches. They do love the thistle feeders. I have not seen as many as you have though. They seem to come and go. Wonderful photos!

gigihawaii said...

What a pretty shade of yellow! I love those birds.

Valerie said...

I love the goldfinches, although ours are slightly different to yours... ours have a different wing pattern plus a red patch on their heads.

Elephant's Child said...

They are soooo beautiful. I share your excitement - and thank you for showing us this series of photos.

Anni said...

Pretty birds!!!! I have one of those hanging 'socks of thistle' but I never saw one bird using it. Maybe I should move it away from the tree I hung it in...more out in the open?!!!!

That 3rd one from the top is my favorite...it's looking right at me!

Carver said...

Fantastic sequence with the beautiful goldfinch.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

We have a finch feeder outside out window and just love watching those cute yellow birds enjoy:)

bettyl said...

What lovely little things! They are just adorable.

Jane and Chris said...

Isn't it wonderful to see so much life at this time of year!
Jane x

TexWisGirl said...

love these little bursts of color and their sweet song.

Michael (Light-In-A-Box) said...

You are really pushing out the blogs, wow I can't keep up!
Those are real pretty finches, I don't think ours are as colorful over here.. (Except in the pet store). Have a great week. : )

Cezar and Léia said...

This little bird is adorable and I'm also delighted by the flower in your header!
hugs
Léia

grammie g said...

Hi Denise...The are so precious, and can brightening even the darkest day!! Right now it is hard to get a good picture : ) they are so bright the camera can even stand it !!lol
I can see why you could get carried away with pictures!! : )
I have then all the time, in fact there are 10 out there right now, and I have no luck feeding the thistle seed, they go for the black oil seed every time!!
Thanks for sharing your photo's!!
Grace

prairiebirder said...

Beautiful photos, American Goldfinches are one of my favorite birds!

Carletta said...

Wonderful shots Denise! We haven't had as many as in years past.
Such pretty little birds.
Your male house finch is a handsome guy!

Gary said...

Real little beauties!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

HansHB said...

Great post!
Happy WBW to you!

imac said...

BIRD-I-FUL.

Laura said...

ahhh, such cheerful visitors Denise:-)

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Really beautiful Denise. What colourful and handsome little birds. I've never seen feeders like that here, they are amazing.

NatureFootstep said...

so nice to see them. But... how do they get to the seeds? The holes seem so small.

mick said...

Beautiful birds and great photos. You are very lucky to have so many in your yard.

Carole M. said...

aren't they just a fantastic little bird; glad they're coming to visit with you; looks like a great food source happening with the thistle-seed.

Andrew Fulton said...

Your American Goldfinches are beautiful little birds to see Denise.
I still prefer seeing mine... take care xx

Rambling Woods said...

They are so sweet aren't they? The wintering finch left and the breeders are back. I had 5 thistle feeders up for the winter and now I am down to 2 of them. It is an expensive seed so I have them in a feeder with a tray and a baffle to keep it dry..helps with seed costs even though they do love perching on those socks..thank you for linking in... Michelle

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Great catch! I'd be excited too. I'll robably never see those in my yard.

Gunilla Bäck said...

The finches are so beautiful!

Stewart M said...

They are remarkable birds - they yellow is a real lemon.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Kerri said...

Awesome captures of these golden beauties!

Roy Norris said...

Beautiful images of these very colourful birds Denise.

Ken Schneider said...

Love those goldfinches! We had them at our feeder here in Florida only once, when they came down in large numbers. Of course they are in drab winter garb.

DeniseinVA said...

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my Goldfinch post.

Linda Gross said...

Love your goldfinch pictures!

Pat said...

Lovely shots! I love to watch the Goldfinches, such beautiful little birds.