THE GOLDFINCH ARE BACK

The Goldfinch fly up to Canada in November to breed. I’ve always thought that was odd, but the Goldfinch are okay with it. I never argue with the Goldfinch. So, after almost two months, they are back. In force and I chose this particular one because this was absolutely the cutest little Goldfinch I’ve seen.

Is this little guy cute or what?

You can just barely see his wing, but it proves he is a true Goldfinch

One little, two little three little Goldfinch (Really, just one cute one, sitting on the rail)



Categories: birds, Goldfinch, Photography, Wildlife

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13 replies

  1. Yes, he is cute, and those are great shots.

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    • I think he is a baby. That’s why he’s so fuzzy. I didn’t see HOW cute he was until I downloaded the pictures. With the birds, I have to shoot really fast and hope for the best. It helps if the birds don’t fly away before I get the picture. I delete a lot of empty photos because the bird left as I pressed the shutter.

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  2. OMG. He must be so cold. He matches the snow. Was there seed in the feeder?

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    • it’s not that they don’t get cold, but these birds that stay the whole winter in places like New England and Canada — and for that matter, the arctic — are designed for the weather. They have feet that don’t freeze and a triple layer of feathers which apparently keeps them warm. Also, when they can eat enough, they keep very warm. Birds have to eat their own body weight daily — and that is normal. They eat a bit more than that in the winter, so we put out quite a lot of food. They build nests, they huddle together. If nature hadn’t prepared them for the cold, they would not winter here.

      There were periods when it got SUPER cold and without food, a lot of birds die. It was one of the super-cold winters that made me go out and buy feeders. I needed to do something for them. We have three feeders and I just replaced another one with one that has bigger feeder openings. Designed for little birds, but bigger birds will use it too. And now they have the flat feeder which makes it easier for larger birds like doves, Cardinals, and woodpeckers to chow down. The guy across the street feeds them too. So in this little corner of the woods of Massachusetts, the birds are doing very well. I’m thinking of putting up a suet feeder too. Energy food.

      There is ALWAYS food in the feeder!

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      • So eating like a bird is a misnomer..

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        • Oh, absolutely. It has to do with body temperature. Birds apparently run very hot and they are also — for their size — (usually) very light. There are some heavy birds, but they are usually water birds like geese and swans. They need the weight to dive in the water. Garden birds are almost weightless, so eating their own body weight isn’t nearly as much as it would be for a heavier animal. I think the Duke would eat twice his own body weight if he only had THUMBS.

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        • I never thought of that being a misnomer, but you are right! How funny….

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          • People always say “you eat like a horse, ” but horses don’t eat huge amounts. They’ll cruise the grass if they are there, but most are moderate eaters. Birds, though, have to eat nearly constantly to keep their body temperature up. This year, there weren’t a lot of seeds, probably because of the drought and the birds are really hungry. Squirrels, too. When one group is hungry, they are all hungry. Out in the woods, they normally eat each other, so when food for the prey isn’t available, the larger animals that eat them have nothing either. Ecology is very circular.

            I’ve finally come to grips with the reality of life in the wild. It isn’t the Disneyesque sweetness. Our birds are lucky. We feed them. Other people feed them, not just us. New England is pretty good about wildlife and managing it — over all. We’re getting a bunch of Canadian birds this year because the drought has brought them southward searching for food.

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