Thursday, May 5, 2011

Feeding frenzy

What a wonderful surprise I came home to the other day. I pulled in my driveway and spotted a flash of yellow from the tree in my front yard. I immediately knew it had to be a gold finch and they are always a welcome sight. I got out of the car and suddenly I realized that there wasn't one but at least a dozen of them.
In this first picture there are 3 on the feeder and 4 on the ground.

Apparently they are quite pleased with the cuisine at this particular establishment because they have been returning. It is a total pleasure to watch them.

I used a texture from Shadowhouse creations and another from Kim Klaussen. It may possibly be a bit on the dark side but I liked it


Doris Sturm said...

Oh, my gosh! At first I thought that someone had bought you a birdcage with birds and hung them on the tree for you to see when you got home - they look like domestic pretty!

Donna said...

Aren't they pretty!? You attracted a bunch of them! Lovely photos too, my dear.

Ginny said...

Very cool!! We haven't seen a single one yet!

LDH said...

Goldfinches are beautiful!

Tanyia said...

They are so so pretty, I just love birdies!

Marg said...

Oh, that is so much fun to have the gold finches. We had them here one time. I cannot put out a bird feeder with all the cats here. I love watching the birds but I am scared the cats will jump up and get them. Great pictures. Hugs to Duke.

Country Mouse Studio said...

love these beautiful fellows their song is wonderful

BeadedTail said...

Your birdies are so pretty! We don't have goldfinches but we have red ones along with the Chicakdees and I could watch them all day long. Angel and Isabella can too!

Lin said...

The goldfinches are feisty these days and they reprimand you if the feeder is empty. Oh, and if Hobbes goes outside. They do not like orange stripes apparently!

I DO know how to layer, Ann, believe it or not! I have not had the time to use the link you sent me, but I hope to soon when things die down here a bit. :)

Sweetie said...

Zach (Fledgling Blogger) here. This is the account of my new blog.

I thought you were talking about the game that I used to play. LOL

They are so pretty, Ann! :D
Have a nice day!

Anny said...

That is a very pretty bird feeder... i am sure the birds love it.. mebbe i should get one for the tree here too :) but the cats might get too happy then..

lovely pictures.

Sher said...

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PS...Love the birdies!

tahtimbo said...

That is a cool looking feeder. I'll be sure to NOT let my wife see it, because she would run out and get one :)
The goldfinch have slowed down over here, but for a month or two, they were eating us out of house and home.

Grace said...

Wow you got right up there in their business - they are so pretty - lucky you!

Laura @ live.laugh.photograph said...

so cute and so pretty!! i need a bird feeder!

FishHawk said...

So, is it safe to assume that you were not feeding them crumbled-up hot-crossed buns?

Duni said...

They are so beautiful. Great shots! I love the feeder :)

Jen said...

I haven't seen a gold finch in forever - they're so cute perched out there on the "veranda" :o)

Sandra said...

i am laughing at FishHawks comment, about the no hot cross buns. ha ha they are precious, so sweet and pretty and bright colored. happy happy is how they make me feel, but tell Duke he makes me feel happiest of all.

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

All great photo's - esp. the westie ones! Have a great weekend and thanks for mentioning Julep and Derby!

Out on the prairie said...

I have them around my feeders a lot, they like sunflower and thistle seed is out state bird in IA>

Anne said...

Those birds definitely like the cuisine served there. I don't think I have ever seen that many together. Happy Spring!

Bossy Betty said...

What beauties!!!! That must be some good chow!

Sandee said...

We're watching pretty much the same thing in our backyard. I think it's a wonderful thing.

Have a terrific day. My best to Duke. :)

Tammy said...

I have been seeing a lot more birds too. I guess it is spring. Nice pictures.

Donna said...

How neat that so many showed up!!! They are SO colorful!
Happy Mother's Day sweet friend!

Donna said...

PS- Hahahaa....sorry!
LOVE the textured photo!! Isn't it downright Fun working on photos?!!

DSS said...

Look at all of them! Wow. What a lovely welcome to Spring :)

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Ann, they are adorable and I would love to have that experience in my backyard. All there is here are weeds and cement :)

Catherine said...

Finch!!! They are my favorite! Oh I can hardly wait until mine return. Thank you for sharing yours with me!
xo Catherine

Ann said...

Doris, I thought they looked a lot like some of the domesticated birds also. I love the finches.

donna they sure are. I've never seen this many together at one time

ginny well I hope the finches find you soon

ldh they sure are

tanyia me too and it's so much fun watching and seeing new ones arrive

marg it is fun. too bad you couldn't find a way that the birds and cats could co-exist peacefully :)

country mouse studio they are a beautiful bird.

beaded tail we get the house finches and the chickadees here frequently and they are fun to watch

lin oh no I better go check the feeder :) When Duke goes out they all take off, guess they don't like white either

sweetie a.k.a. Zach :) I'm heading over in a bit

anny oh you would make the cats very happy with a feeder I'm sure

sher aw how sweet. thank you very much

tahtimbo the feeder was a gift from my son. the shop he used to work at made them and they were able to buy them much cheaper than you would get them in the stores

grace well my camera did. I used the old one that has a good zoom on it.

laura I love having my bird feeders but I think I need to move them to spots that are more convenient for taking pictures from the house

fishhawk lol, no they didn't have any buns

duni thanks, yes they are pretty

jen aw, no gold finches? too bad, I love these guys

sandra that fishhawk comes up with some good ones, he's always cracking me up

katie thanks and you are welcome, we enjoy seeing julep and derby

out on the prairie I don't have any thistle out this year although I have in the past and they didn't come around that much.

anne I know I've never seen this many together at one time, It was so cool to see

bossy betty I guess so, I didn't sample it myself but the reviews all came in good

sandee it sure is a wonderful thing

tammy hooray for spring finally

donna they sure are. You certainly can't miss them with their bright yellow feathers

dss it was like a little finch convention right there in my front yard

poetic shuterbug well we have the weeds in the yard but you've got me beat with the cement :)

catherine it was a pleasure to share my finches with you especially since I know when yours return you'll share them as well :)

gayle said...

I love your bird pictures! I was just telling my husband we should have more bird feeders!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

With the bright colors on the feeder too, it looks like even the birds are plastic- a decorative piece!

Ann said...

Gayle. We have two, one in the front yard and one in the back. It's so much fun watching to see what will fly in next.

sharkbytes, hmm, interesting idea. I'll have to check the craft shop for fake birds and then I can get shots of any kind I

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