Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Still a Gold Mine

At the thistle feeder. The American Goldfinches are hanging around here longer than I ever remember. Although these photos were taken back in February, we still have a lot of their tiny bodies flitting around the feeders every day. I guess they've heard winter is taking longer to clear out from the northern areas.
"Bombs away!"

"You okay there, buddy?"






Tiny squabblers





Here is what some look like in late March. We never get to see them this colored out here in Texas!


Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

144 comments:

cobie en bas van Es said...

O wat mooi hier kan je toch uren naar kijken.

Agata G. said...

Wonderful birds love them above all

William Kendall said...

Tiny squabblers indeed! They're such distinctive looking birds.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

We've noticed them returning to Vermont. Maybe Spring is on the way :-)

Revrunner said...

Golddiggers!

georgettesullins said...

A table for everyone!

Dianna said...

Such beautiful little birds! I love the 2nd picture with one looking down at the other. Your caption is perfect!

Roan said...

As promised, a plethara of Goldfinches. The brilliant yellow males are what we see here. At first I thought these were all females. I've learned something today.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

They are among my most favoritest of birds!!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

How did they get the whistlers and the squirrels run off?

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...they know the menu is excellent in your yard!!!!

Blackberry Lane said...

I love these little birds. They used to love the seed heads on our black-eyed susans at our one house.

Kate said...

Really excellent photos!! I enjoy watching those little gold bodies flash by when they visit.

Aditi said...

So many...so bright ..and so cute! Lovely!

messymimi said...

They are beautiful! That seems to be one of the perks of the lingering winter, you get to enjoy these guys a bit longer.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

So pretty! I don't blame them for hanging around the nice weather! (And good food:@)

magnoliasntea said...

I love Goldfinches - they're such timid birds. I had no idea they squabble, too. lol Great photos!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Goldfinches do have lots to say and say it all the time. Great to see them in their Spring dress!

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

What spectacular photos of the American goldfinches.You really get such good close ups.
You also have some amazing bird feeders.
Tex. I really do think, that you should write a bird book.. you know so much about these lovely creatures.
As always i love to see them.
happy days.. val xxx

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, guess they know a good thing. We usually get them here soon but being still cold and tons of snow, they are holding back, cannot blame them, Happy April. Francine

Stewart M said...

Nice action around the feeders!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

EG CameraGirl said...

With a feeder full of their favourite treat why leave for the cruel, cold NORTH? ;))

Kerry said...

So THAT'S where they are! I was wondering.

Molly The Wally said...

What a bonus to have them a little longer and to be able to see those wonderful colours. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Happy April Fools.
Best wishes Molly

Lynne said...

Cute post . . . they know where to find the best lunch in town!

Catherine said...

Send those finch home to me - tell them my bird feeders are waiting for them. ;)
xo Catherine

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Tex these are lovely little birds and I can see they are similar to our Goldfinch and Chaffinch. Live the sky shots in last post and the photos of the Juno are also great.

Sandra said...

is the first photo a mr and mrs? or a colored and not yet colored. they are so cute

DJan said...

You know they are the Washington state bird, right? We see them here, but I haven't seen any yet. Now I know why: they are still visiting the southern areas. :-)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Quit hogging all the goldfinches! ;-)

Dicky Bird said...

ALL the pictures are beautiful. Love it!

michaelswoodcraft said...

Great shots Tex, I love the golden finches, we have a lot of them right now. They are at the feeders all day long and eat a lot! :-)

Judy said...

I'd say stay there a few more weeks, spring has not yet totally sprung yet :)

Barb Brookbank said...

I love these birds and can't wait to see them in my neck of the woods again!

Gert said...

Oh, how pretty! I love seeing them too. But their "smart" to stay in Texas..as it is still cold up north.

Blessings to your day...
Gert

Montanagirl said...

Love these pert little guys. We haven't had any show up here yet. Maybe it's because we have only 14 degrees here this morning, and no spring yet! Oh, but my sister-in-law called me yesterday to come out to the country to their place - there were Mountain Bluebirds everywhere...migrating through. I managed a few photos.

Dar said...

Smart Goldfinches~we still are knee-deep in it~ you have some awesome flight and dive shots., all enjoying their buffet.

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh, I LOVE these photos! Aren't they just the sweetest, prettiest little things! I can't wait until they're bright yellow here.

Łucja-Maria said...

Teresa, these birds are beautiful.
I regret that there is in my country.
The photos are shot in "10"

Greetings.
Lucia

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

They are so beautiful. They look like they have spring wrapped around them!

Irma said...

Hi Tex,
Just one more comment, then I take a time out again.

Beautiful pictures of different birds.
Greetings Irma

Beth said...

I love the gold finches! They are so pretty!! Great shots!

DeniseinVA said...

Great photos! I love the little squabblers.

Betty Manousos said...

such beautiful little birds my friend!

thanks for brightening my day!
great captures, too:))

Marit Sønstebø said...

Lovely shots! You have so many different birds at your place :-)

Lynn said...

my MIL and her neighbours are saying the same thing about their migratory birds (West coast of France), more than usual and staying longer..what lovely shots you've taken and such marvellous looking birds.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

our goldfinches and robins have returned up here in northern Indiana. Hopefully that's an indication that they sense spring in the air. the birds up here are wonderfully colored this time of year.

Halcyon said...

How lucky to have so many sweet visitors! Love all these shots.

Leovi said...

Those photos are gorgeous! Wonderful birds!

Sylvia K said...

Yep, your menu at the feeders has definitely been circulated among the feathered ones!!! Such little cuties these are!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Oh so cute! they are wise not to head north yet.

It's me said...

Owww so sweeeeet...happy week love Ria...x !

Pom Pom said...

They are SO beautiful! I am ready for them to head north. Send them, please.
I have a FAT dove hanging around here. She nests in the big evergreen tree in my neighbor's yard. I love the "coo! coo! coo!"

DIMI said...

Such beautiful little birds Tex!!Wonderful pictures!Great shots!Wish you a happy new month of April!
Dimi...

Patty Woodland said...

Everything is off kilter...weather, migration patterns.

Karen said...

They are such sweet birds. We have them here year round. Good that you are getting to see them in their bright plumage!

Melissa said...

I love the shots with a finch at every feed perch!

Laura. M said...

Get angry about food ;)

don said...

A fine series of this pretty bird. They haven't arrived here as yet. I think the weather has adjusted many of the seasonal occurrences this year.

Debbie said...

hey, stop feeding them sooo well, they will never come north!!

you sure do get a lot of them!!

Munir said...

Beautiful birds. Thanks for sharing.

Bob Bushell said...

It is nice to know that you are feeding them, beautiful birds also.

Gail said...

When I see little beauties like these The Creator amazes me all over again.

Beautiful.

Farm Girl said...

What a bunch of lovely shots. They are just amazing.

Small City Scenes said...

Our Goldfinches are not back yet. Although I did see one checking out the feeders but has not come back yet. I await the little beauties. MB

MarkD60 said...

Great photos, interesting feeder.

Thanks for your info on Feedly, you were correct.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

they look so great against the green coloring on the bird feeder being all yellow. i love goldfinches. ( :

have a great week, T.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, I miss seeing Goldfinches and have only seen a few here - quite uncommon in my area. Your photographs are great! Have a super nice, though potentially silly, day!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Please tell them to leave for parts North and bring some heat!
They are cuties!

Ms. A said...

I believe the brighter yellow is what I was seeing (for the first time) last year. I went back recently to try to see them and saw NONE. I need to check my photos and see what the date was, even though my photos were awful. I want to try to see them again.

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful series of gorgeous birds for OWT ~ Love the feeders you have ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

I am going to have to start calling you the bird whisperer. LOL! Great shots!

Red said...

When it warms up they'll have to turn on the jets to get here in a hurry.

José Mendonça said...

Fabulous shots, love them all!

Chris Rohrer said...

I love the coloring on these birds. We have the Lesser Goldfinches so these are a real joy to see in pics. Enjoy!

RedPat said...

It will soon be warm enough for them up here. I heard a red-winged black bird this morning so that means spring is here!

parker said...

Wonderful little nuggets of gold. In fact a treasure chest full!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I love the Goldfinches and am waiting for their arrival in my part of the country.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

I love it when the goldfinches come back in their glory! Such lovely Spring birds!

Helma said...

Wonderful to see this American goldfinches. Really all spots are occupied by the feed silo lol ...... And so cool that yellow color of the bottom pictures. Super Nice!

Robin Lamb said...

T, nice series of shots! You'd better chase them out of your yard. My yard is missing them. I saw one the other day, but we usually have a bunch of them. They will be here soon. They are just wonderful when in full colour. They swoop in and brighten up the whole yard. Like little portable suns!

Nette Cecilia said...

I see you have a birdfeeder with many staars too ,have a great week ,nette

HansHB said...

A beautiful serie!
Well done!

Rosa María said...

Qué belleza de pajareras haciendo felices a los pajarillos.
Un saludo desde Ferrol- Galicia- España,
Rosa María Milleiro

simply bev said...

So pretty! Your first two photos (with comments) made me laugh! Thanks for the giggle :)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Sweet little birds!

Brian King said...

They must all be at your place. We had very few this year and didn't even go through one bag of thistle. The bright spring yellow is nice!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Oh how lovely! Love the color of the bird feeders.

Home sweet home for all of them.

mick said...

Beautiful little birds. How lucky you are to have so many at the feeders. The bright yellow ones are spectacular.

Stephen Hayes said...

You probably know that goldfinches have long been used in art to symbolize the crucifixion of Christ because they eat and use thistles and thorns for their nest, symbolizing the Crown of Thorns. Appropriate that you're showing them this close to Easter.

Julie G. said...

Beautiful birds! I love watching them interact. Like you, we had quite a crew of goldfinches visiting our feeders this winter. Terrific series of photographs!

Ela said...

What beautiful little birds !
So great shots !
Greetings :)

eileeninmd said...

I love the cute goldfinches! Luckily I see them here year round. Love the photos, especially the last shot, the male is showing off his pretty color.

Our photos said...

What a lovely little birds. Very nice !

Adam Jones said...

Wow, so many! They must be hungry.

Carole M. said...

these little birds are lovely to see and being well fed; no wonder they come visit your feeders.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I do love when they change to the bright gold!!! Sometimes we have visitors that are almost that bright! Such a treat! blessings ~ tanna

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They must be smarter than all those robins I hear about who flew north too early. I love goldfinch...the squabbling pix are really extra cute.

Larry said...

Hi-I'm overseeing my cousin Larry's blog until he gets back. I don't know much about birds but those goldfinches are beautiful!-Bob

bailey-road.com said...

Mine have done their annual disappearing act where we only see one or two at a time. They are sweet little birds, but they do get into squabbles at the feeder.

Jeanne said...

Sweet little tweeters. I can't cait to see them here.

Susan said...

Awwww, sweet little guys. Love to see them squabbling. Just like us humans do at times. Funny.

Gail Dixon said...

Wow, yours have a lot of yellow on them! Beautiful birds and they make the sweetest songs. Your photos are fantastic! I have one still hanging around that has more breeding plumage, so I know he's about to leave me. :(

LV said...

Guess I am too for West. Never saw these, especially, the pretty yellow one.

Carletta said...

You are feeding them well there shouldn't be any squabbles!
I've had the females but just today one lone male showed up. You need to shoo them on their way. :)
Love the shots and I'm glad they stayed for you to enjoy!

Lynda said...

I like how you faded out the background - - guess you did a macro or something like that? or PhotoShop? I'm not good at much of any of it but like looking at others' work.

Paula said...

Cute little buggers. They must have a straight line to the north and they are staying put.

Randy said...

You captured quite the golden moment.

Randy said...

You captured quite the golden moment.

Stephanie said...

Pretty birds!

Gillian Olson said...

They are beautiful, and fun to watch,

Muffy's Marks said...

Awesome photos, I can't wait to get home and get my finch feeders out!!!

Paul said...

Why be in a hurry to leave when the feeder is still three quarters full... Sure are pretty little birds!

KB Bear said...

They are so rare here. What a treat to see those tiny beauties on your blog!

SweetMarie said...

I see you still have beautiful visitors. :) so cut!!!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Awesome photos of these little cuties. Great capture of their black and white banding and their funny squabbles. xo Karen

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa;
Beautiful sweet goldfinches♡♡♡ Great capture!!!
I'm thinking to check the feeder at the pet shop, but maybe only crows will come p;)

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend, xoxo Miyako*

Hilary said...

They sure have brightened up. I love these little guys. They have such pretty songs.

pattisjarrett said...

I'm glad you're getting to see some truly "Gold" finches. Tell them to come home soon!

Ercotravels said...

Lovely birds,I think these are sparrows...

Rosa María said...


i could not get your blog to translate but thank you for your visit.


You go into Google and put: English-Spanish translator.
Hugs,
Rosa Maria Milleiro

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
One wonders if those tiny finches also use Twitter for staying abreast of the norhern weather?
Hugs,
Mariette

Pamela Gordon said...

Good morning Theresa. Imagine my surprise when I saw your post this morning to see the exact same birds as I posted about just now. LOL You got some great pictures of the goldfinches. They are so cute and stay here all year around if there's a food source. Have a great day! Pam

Karen S. said...

They sure do have fun! Such a real treat to see these little ones.

Fjällripan said...

Oh so beautiful birds! :))

Marie said...

They are beautiful! Love the shots!

Rita said...

Feisty, pretty little birds! :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

First of all the pictures are perfect and I love the yellow little guy. You say you haven't seen them here this late, where do they go?

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Nice series and you got some great lighting on them, too!

Looking forward to their return here. I just love 'em!

~Lindy

barbara l. hale said...

They've been hitting our feeders with a vengeance. Most of them are pretty mottled looking still.

Pantherka said...

So many visitors, beautiful shots.

Anvilcloud said...

They are very smart to linger down there.

Lindsjö taxar said...

They are Beautiful. What a yellow colour, magnificant!

Raggedy Creations said...

they know a good thing when they find it.

Wally Jones said...

We can't get them to come to our yard. They're beautiful in non-breeding plumage but spectacular when they dress up for Spring!

Great series, Theresa!

Jeevan said...

Lovely captures!

Janey and Co. said...

That does it...I. Am buying a bird feeder today!

Kathy said...


everything is late this year. Last year our bluebonnets bloomed in March.

Julia said...

It's a good thing that you feed them well. They must love hanging around your place.
Hugs,
JB

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Oh they're so pretty, I just love the bright yellow.

Becca said...

I just love these little guys! I'm hoping to see some more of the bright colored ones this year, but I haven't been able to put out the thistle seed because we've had too much rain and I don't want it to get wet. Maybe I'll put it out next week, it's supposed to be sunny!

Neil said...

Great series.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

These are wonderful shots, Tex. I especially liked the "Tiny Squabblers" shot, but you had several really nice ones. Even in the last images, with their yellow really coming out, they're not as yellow as when we usually see them. They're still looking a little splotchy. Great post.

Lisa said...

Gorgeous

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