Saturday, June 7, 2008
As you can tell, I'm no Abe Lincoln (the one who blogs and takes marvelous bird photos.) but at least you can see the little yellow splotch on the seed sock.
These are the first gold finches to visit our yard in over a year. I was so pleased to see them after waiting all this time!
They are the Lesser Goldfinch. Their back is green and they have the little black hat but their front is definitely gold.
A few years ago I was feeding the birds regularly and at that time I would get as many as twenty goldfinches at a time. I had four socks with thistle seed hanging up for them.
Then one day I saw a big hawk sitting on the wall not ten feet away from the socks. He was hiding behind the bushes and I know he was looking for a meal of goldfinch. So from that day I stopped feeding the finches. Now, maybe the hawk has forgotten. I hope.