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!
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, Mourning Dove, Male Northern Cardinal
House Finches, Hen 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
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 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!
Bluebirds, a Red-shouldered Hawk, a few House Finches, and a brilliant red male Northern Cardinal all were perched on various tree branches when I snapped these pictures. I took these pictures on different days in the last several weeks. All of these birds have been year around residents here. I am surprised that we still have such a variety of birds here in spite of our oh-so-cold weather this Winter. By the way, it snowed last night and again a bit this morning. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
There are a few House Finches still around the house area. They come to the bird feeder fairly often but live in the area near the street that also is near the pond’s dam. That area is pretty brushy and wild. I laughingly refer to the area as “The gulch”. Anyway, the Finches pretty much live away from the house. Being House Finches, they do hang around the porch on sunny days. The brown and red males are bold and will fly around the wooden porch while the brown females stay on the railing or just on the feeder.
These birds mostly enjoy Millet Seed and also like Niger or Nyger (None in the mix I currently use in the feeder). They tend to flit around the taller weeds and plants looking for tasty seeds. I think that the House Finches and Goldfinches like the Thistles for their seed, too. I took these pictures within the last month in my yard and from my living room window. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!