We were visited by a goldfinch earlier this year but haven't seen one
since. They're our state bird but, alas, are getting awfully close to
extinct west of the Cascades, so to have such a visitor is a rare treat,
though as a child I remember spotting them all the time.
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
My husband received a mesh bag full of niger seed for Christmas.
Before this, we always put the niger seed in one of those tube
feeders. The goldfinches had always liked the tube feeder, and it took
them about a month to decide the mesh bag might be worth trying. Now
they prefer the mesh bag over the tube feeder. We've had more
goldfinches in the yard this year than we've ever had (we live in
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They live here in winter. We don't get to see them in full plume. You can see
their yellow, but not a brilliantly as you when they are mating.
On 05 Aug 2003 17:23:52 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (NAearthMOM) wrote:
Wow, just one? I'm sorry :-( I have them all year round and have counted
as many as 15 at one time on my three finch feeders.
I'm glad you got to see one though. If you put out thistle seed for them
that one may tell his friends about the place to chow :-)
Recently when I lived in a more urban area, I would sometimes wake to a
persistent pecking at my BR window. The window appears very dark from the
outside; I don't know if it was trying to get around the glass, looking for
food, trying to nest or what. But I didn't really want whatever it was to
make this a habit, so I went to the window to surprise the creature. It was
a little goldfinch, who couldn't see me through the window, at all. I was
able to study him nearly eye-to-eye, until my legs were numb from crouching.
I felt so charmed, I didn't have the heart to scare him away.
I have only seen them here on occasion as well, but they are out there.
Last year I had a little stray sunflower from dropped birdseed growing in a
windowpot on the patio. After it had gone to seed, a little male goldfinch
came faithfully, every day, to nibble on it. So goldfinches must be around, to
notice this little pot tucked away on my little patio. : )
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