Deck Visitors

April 30, 2013

I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.    E. E. Cummings

Goldfinches and House Finch

 

For the past week, there has been a lot of activity on the two finch socks filled with Nyjer (thistle) seed that I have on my deck.  And I've spent more time than I'll admit sitting on the stool at my kitchen window taking pictures.

 

Goldfinches and House Finches

 

After the first 15 minutes, I knew that I really didn't need one more finch picture, but it was almost impossible to tear myself away.  I'm not sure how I got the house cleaned and lunch made before my book club came on Saturday.

 

Goldfinches, House Finch and Brown Thrasher (eating the suet)

 

In the picture above, a Brown Thrasher on the suet feeder gets to share the spotlight.

 

Goldfinch

 

The birds come and go through the day, but are very active early in the mornings and late afternoons.

 

Goldfinches and House Finches

 

In the picture below, the guy on the pole seems to be saying, "If Jane would get out here and refill these socks, I wouldn't have to wait in line."

 

 

This morning when I looked out the kitchen window, I saw this stranger.

 

I didn't recognize him and was on my way to the bird book when he flew down to the deck rail.

 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 

A Rose-breasted Grosbeak... 

 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 

I haven't seen one since I left Minnesota.  He must be on his way back north.

 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

I like the way you can just barely see the red under his wing.

 

More backyard bird photos can be seen here.


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