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Attack of the Goldfinches!!!

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by MissJamie on March 24, 2006 06:52 AM
hey ya'll! well I've had like 3 bird feeders outside and a sock feeder type filled with thistle seeds and I hadn't been seeing any birds coming to them. well today my mom was looking out the window and said, "Jamie!! look!! they're at your bird feeders!!!" I looked and there were goldfinches EVERYWHERE!! I wanted to get a pic of them but my camera didn't want to turn on and plus I couldn't get a good pic of them from inside. I would've went outside but didn't want to scare them off and I was scared I was gonna get attacked by them! [Big Grin] [Big Grin] we also saw a black capped chickadee,a cardinal,and like 3 red headed woodpeckers!! the goldfinches would eat for a while,go away and then come right back for more! there was one that stayed on the sock feeder for about 20-25 minutes just eating and his buddies left him but he stayed!

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by Triss on March 24, 2006 06:59 AM
Jamie, that is so exciting! I am glad you had a bunch of lil guys to watch today. I bet that was a bunch of fun!!!

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by plants 'n pots on March 24, 2006 07:25 AM
So exciting Jamie!
Are they bright yellow by you yet?
Mine are still olive greenish, but it looks like they might be starting to turn - they are one of my most favorite birds - I just can't get enough of that bright yellow! Reminds me of all the pet canaries I had growing up.

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by MissJamie on March 24, 2006 07:56 AM
yea triss! it was VERY exciting! and soooo funny to watch them hanging upside down and everything...and they'd chase eachother away as if to say hey! this is my feeder! you can't have it!! [Big Grin] [Big Grin] lynne they were bright yellow but I think they may still have a little ways to go...some of them had a dingy yellow to them.

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by Bestofour on March 24, 2006 08:02 AM
I love goldfinches too. They're so vibrant.

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by pagarden on March 24, 2006 09:43 AM
i've only seen a few so far and not bright yellow yet- still grayish. i can't wait for summer when they are all over! it's so exciting to see them come back! yay!
by Thornius on March 24, 2006 10:48 AM
Mine tend to come around July 4th.

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by plants 'n pots on March 24, 2006 11:21 AM
They never leave here - just turn really dark so you don't notice that they are still around. Unless you know their call, and what their winter plumage looks like. [Wink]

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by Thornius on March 24, 2006 11:30 AM
I do get a few in Winter Plummage. Being startled by a flock of whistling chirping American Goldfinches one Spring 18 years ago is the Epiphany that launched my interest in Wild Birds. I thought I was being attacked by a swarm of GIANT BUMBLEBEES!!

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by patches1414 on March 24, 2006 01:09 PM
Oh, I love [Love] the Goldfinches too and they remind me of "Dickie Bird", the pet canary I had as a child many, many years ago.

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by njoynit on April 03, 2006 11:17 AM
Mine are already bright yellow.I noticed 1st about a month ago,but was unsure cause was a dullish yellowgray,but heard the song. My walmart has its priortys screwed up this month.
No lighter fluid(12 days now....)
no hummer feeders
no finch socks or woodpecker refill blocks

They are eating from the regular feeder,but from the catch tray.1 male does use a perch.

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by pagarden on April 03, 2006 09:03 PM
i've noticed the past few days it seems i've seen more finches actually about 1/2 yellow! yay! they just brighten up the whole yard with their color!
by slredmond on April 03, 2006 11:59 PM
Ya'll learned me something about their coloring - I thought it was just the girls returning early to set up housekeeping, and the men waiting until all the work was done! [Big Grin] [Roll Eyes] [Big Grin]

I replaced my sock feeder with one from Lowe's. It's a clear plastic tube with slots and perches in several places on the tube, and a tray for a base. It catches the seeds and there is a LOT less waste. I can hardly keep the thing filled up with the finches and chickadees spatting over perch space!

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by Thornius on April 04, 2006 12:37 AM
I saw an adult male American Goldfinch in FULL breeding plummage "down ta the crick, t'other day" 'Twas a beautiful sight for sore encrusted eyes.

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