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A Sweet Goldfinch


This Goldfinch was the lone bird at my neighbor’s tray feeder.  By the way, I believe the bird is a hen.  It was a windy morning so I did not see many songbirds at all other than the finch and an all-too-quick male Northern Cardinal that escaped before I could get its picture taken.

My neighbor had a triple feeder set-up which is very good as it offers a variety of different seeds and feed to suit the needs of different birds.  Some love Niger, and some love Sunflower while still others like Milo.  The finch loves the Niger and also the Milo.  Some also will take broken sunflower seeds. I took the pictures on Dec. 18, 2016.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!


A Social at the Bird Feeder


Hen Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinals, House Finches and a couple of Mourning Doves were all partying at my neighbor’s patio bird feeder a few days ago.  We are seeing more and more migratory songbirds here so I am happy when I am able to get pictures of a group of these birds.  I took these pictures on Sunday, October 16, 2016.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

House Finches

House Finches

House Finches, Mourning Dove, Male Northern Cardinal

House Finches, Mourning Dove, Male Northern Cardinal

House Finches, Hen Northern Cardinal, Dove

House Finches, Hen Northern Cardinal

Sweet Songbirds

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinals, House Finches, a Carolina Chickadee, a few Mourning Doves and a Tufted Titmouse were all spotted here on my street in the last few days in addition to the small flock of Downy Woodpeckers.  I took all of these pictures last week.  The birds are enjoying several nice bird feeders as well as the abundant insects in the shrubbery and Oaks.

We have been having nearly daily rain also so there is plenty of water, as well as food for the birds.  Pretty soon, we will also be seeing many more migrating birds.  I can’t wait!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Female House Finches with Juvenile Northern Cardinal

Female House Finches with Juvenile Northern Cardinal

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

House Finches at the Neighbor’s Bird Feeder


House Finches are sweet attractive little songbirds.  A small flock of the House Finches lives here on my street.  These little guys love to grab a bite to eat at my neighbor’s bird feeder.

Finches love Niger Seed, Black Sunflower Seed, and mixed prepared commercial bird seed.  The male here is the one with the red chest and the females are streaky brown.   The females look very similar to sparrows, female black birds, and female cowbirds but slightly smaller.  I took these pictures last weekend.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photograph.  Enjoy!






A Flock of Goldfinches


A  flock of Goldfinches arrived several days ago here in my neighborhood.  Our neighbor across the street here has recently put up a bird feeding station with great success, and another family behind them also has a feeder (the blue feeder shown).

The Goldfinches and other songbirds just love the Sunflower Seeds, a “Finch sock”, Dried Meal Worms, and a Suet block that are available at that neighbor’s feeder station.  The finches love the “Finch sock”, and the Black Oil Sunflower Seeds.  I think the small birds also like the tray feeder a lot.

These are the first Goldfinches I have spotted here in my new neighborhood.  I think they are a migratory flock just passing through and resting here a few days.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!






Fun Little Birds on a Dreary Day

A Carolina Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, and House Finch were among the birds that were out and about for a short time yesterday.  The weather was grey and nearly cold.  We had a short period of rain so the air was misty when I took these pictures in my yard.   I also saw the Red-bellied Woodpecker and a flock of Mourning Doves but they were camera shy and fled before I could get the camera focused and snap their picture.  Oh well.  I took these pictures on November 6, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Male Northern Cardinal

Female House Finch

Carolina Chickadee

Finches Flitting Around the Feeder

The House Finches were just mobbing the bird feeder all day long yesterday.  I have been refilling my feeder every two-and-a-half days now.  The finches seem to flit between the porch rail, the ground, the metal feeder pole and the actual feeder.  They take turns.  A good thing since I am now seeing the House Finches come in groups of eight to ten at a time.  I think that almost the whole flock is grabbing the Millet and Black Oil Sunflower seeds.

The male House Finches are the ones with the slightly red head and chest.  The females are streaky, light and dark brown.  Finches are fairly  small birds.  By the way, I am now also seeing a couple of the Goldfinches here, too.  Not often do I see the yellow and black Goldfinches.  They are beautiful!  I took the picture of the House Finches yesterday and the Goldfinch on 9/4/12.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

I Finally Spotted a Goldfinch Here!

A Goldfinch happened to be grabbing a seed from a native plant that was growing on the shoreline of the little farm pond when I snapped its picture.  This is the first Goldfinch I have seen here this year.  The males have a small black patch on their forehead, and the females do not.  This bird is still in breeding color but likely has begun to molt and will be a lighter yellow soon.  The Goldfinches eat seeds and small bits of fruit, berries, and nuts.  They are beautiful small birds.

I had almost given up hope of seeing a Goldfinch here.  My husband had seen one several weeks ago and I was wishing I would spot one as well.  There were a lot of these yellow black and white birds around my former home at the lake, which is about twelve miles from here.  I am just delighted!  I took these pictures yesterday at dusk.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

House Finches at the Bird Feeder

A lot of House Finches have been around lately.  These small birds are charming!  They love taking Millet seed from the bird feeder.  The male has his bright red and brown plumage still from the Spring when he and his mate were starting their family.  The female is brown and streaked.  Both like the company of other smaller birds such as Carolina Chickadees, Chipping Sparrows, and even the larger Brown-headed Cowbirds.

Most finches love seeds, broken pieces of nuts, and smaller pieces of fruits and berries to eat.  They often browse in the grass for grass seed and other native plant (weeds) seeds.  I took these pictures in my yard and from my living room window on July 21, 2012 and again on July 24, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Birds at the Feeder Yesterday

A Tufted Titmouse

Yesterday a male House Finch and a Tufted Titmouse both came to visit the bird feeder along with a few Red-winged Blackbirds, a White-breasted Nuthatch, and a pair of Northern Cardinals.  The only ones I was able to photograph were the House Finch and the Tufted Titmouse.  It has been quite hot here recently so the birds enjoy the area where the feeder is located as it is shaded in the late afternoon.  I took these pictures from my living room window and also from the yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A male House Finch

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