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


  1. 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!

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

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

  4. Goldfinches are beautiful!

  5. They are so so pretty, I just love birdies!

  6. 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.

  7. love these beautiful fellows their song is wonderful

  8. 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!

  9. 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. :)

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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    PS...Love the birdies!

  13. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  19. 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.

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

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

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

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

  24. 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. :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  31. 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 :)

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

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

  34. 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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