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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

F is for goldFINCH


 

Around here they're called wild canaries, but are part of the finch family. They frequent our feeders and we've enjoyed watching their feathers turn to this bright yellow from their duller colors during the winter. Their eggs hatch toward the end of summer which has filled the feeders and airways with bright, flitting bits of color and commotion. Capable of flying and singing at the same time [something to admire and emulate], they love thistle when it goes to seed. These photos aren't the best but I was glad to catch a glimpse of this guy's thistle-down frenzy. Not dainty, yet so acrobatic.
Another famous Finch. . .Atticus

More fun words at ABC Wednesday.

13 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

I recently participated in a 24-hour reading of To Kill a Mockingbird.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Ms. Becky said...

I've always wanted to catch a finch or two while flying too! I love how they fly - they dip down and rise again, like riding a wave. it's beautiful. and they are having a feast these days with all the wild thistle that's gone to seed. when I used to put niger seed out for them, the feeders would be lonely this time of year, then I figured out that they preferred the field thistle - fresher! these are lovely shots. and thanks for posting Atticus and Scout. love that photo, and it's one of my favorite books. and movies too. I just might watch that one tonight. happy day to you Noni.

Kim, USA said...

Like your photo! I also had photos with finch picking those thistle. ^_^

ABC Wed

Liz said...

They are much brighter than our goldfinches! No, wait, I'm thinking of greenfinches!

raf said...

Always fun words and good things at Peacock Blue like finches, including Atticus and Scout.

Donna said...

SO!! THAT'S what I saw the other day!! I'd never seen one before! It was on our thistle feeder then flew off! It was beautiful!
hughugs

Hildred and Charles said...

We had dozens of goldfinches at the feeder on the hill, but don't see as many here in town, but I still do have the Finch who favours my table - that would be Charles!! He is not as nimble, but just as admired....

Gigi Ann said...

I think the GoldFinch are such pretty birds. We see them occasionally here. I just read To Kill A Mockingbird in December 2010. It is now one of my favorite books.

Thanks for your visit to my ABC post.

Daryl said...

I tried hard to get a shot of one of those little yellow guys when I was visiting in Birmingham in June.. it was too fast for my kit lens

jabblog said...

Our goldfinches look different to yours but eat the same niger seed. Lovely photos of such a beautiful, bright little bird.
Ooh, Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch - what a great film of a wonderful book.

Tumblewords: said...

Ah, yes. Wonderful book and movie. Bright birds. I know they'd be too fast for my camera - they're too fast for my eyes. :)

Laloofah said...

Sweet, beautiful Goldfinches are one of my very favorite birds, and I love your photos of them!

Adding good old Atticus Finch to your finch photo collection was fun. :-)

Laloofah said...

I'm adding a second comment just so I can use the Captcha word "nonessi." :-) Sounds like a term of endearment for you! As in...
Have a wonderful day, Nonessi! :-)