I had set up the bird cam when this fellow landed. It was out of the focus range and is not a sharp picture, but I hope enough for an ID. My first thought was Goldfinch, but have never seen one with yellow in the winter, which is the only time I see them.
We were fooled one year too! Then we started paying more attention as they ate from the thistle feeders during the winter months. The more thistle they ate,the more they yellowed up. They were completely filled out in their summer attire by the end of February☺
HAHA!dellrose. I am glad Trois asked about it because the first time we observed this,DH and I thought it was our imagination☺We have been watching 20+ Gold Finch for a few years now and it always happens,every year. They are a fun,fun bird to watch, so acrobatic☺
LOL! DH asked me the other day what those yellow birds were!! I'm glad to know it's not my eyesight! They are very entertaining and as you say acrobatic! They never cease to entertain!! They are very brave and are the last to leave and the first to return if something frightens them!
We have a couple of cheap tube feeders out that are filled with sunflower seeds. The last couple days we have had 50 to a hundred of these guys flitting around all the feeders. The tubes are emptied in just a couple hours.
I too noticed alot more yellow than normal for this time of year. I tried to get a picture of the feeders just hanging full of birds, but they catch a glimpse of me in the window and have to reflock to come in. Neat sight to see though, even if they are eating us out of house and home.
Brrr Jo! That is really cold and I know you are looking forward to spring!
Cpartschick...They are fun to watch...I have feeders in several areas around the yard and they swarm everyone of them! They will eat you out of house and home but are worth the $ and effort! I just love to photo them as they are so photogenic!
I love the goldfinches that come through the area (Louisiana) and visit my bird feeder. They are lovely little birds -- love to hear and see them flying -- they have that sweeping motion through the air that is so distintive. A big flock of them are around my two finch feeders (nyger seeds). I get them every year and must be on a migration route because a friend of mine a couple blocks away doesn't get them at all. They usually leave around March -- the feeder suddenly isn't empty as often.
No picture, but I was excited to see a bird new to my yard, yesterday at dusk. Brown thrasher was feeding on the ground near where I had put fruit and food for the robins and mockingbirds. He would jump up and down and then peck / scratch in the ground. Then he would jump up and down again. It was fascinating to watch. I wish I could have gotten a video. Just wanted to share.