Monday, April 13, 2009

Someone please call Alfred Hitchcock

I am getting an early start on my Earth Day pledge this year. After reading an alarming article about the loss of songbirds in the US, I decided to get some bird feeders and help my neighborhood birds (what's your pledge?). It took a couple of days, but word has gotten out among the local birds and the birds are happily feasting at the bird feeder. I don't know a lot of bird species but so far I have seen: chickadees, brown thrashers, mourning doves, cardinals, blue jays, tufted titmice, Baltimore orioles, squirrels (not birds but happy to eat fallen seed), and a bird I have never seen in person (bird?) before.... a goldfinch (excuse the poor photo through window that has yet to receive spring cleaning). Well it started out with one goldfinch..
and then I saw two.... cool, I have never seen goldfinches before and now there are two...
well a week later.....
there were FIVE at the feeder today and I swear they were munching for over an hour. Where did all these goldfinch come from? I've never seen them around before. Now that just kinda reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock.

9 comments:

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

We have lots of goldfinches they are very common to this area. I have been feeding the birds for year. Be aware with feeding birds (particularly if you have an older home with attic) you will quite possibly get some unwanted rodents.

Pat

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

That was feeding birds for years.

sewprimitive karen said...

Wow, so many different kinds of birds so soon.

Catherine said...

We're still waiting to see our first robin! Any day now as we're heading into temps in the 60s later this week! I can't wait!!

Amanda said...

One of the things I'm loving about our new garden is the number of birds we have - though they're driving Rosie wild! I've hung several bird feeders and the blue tits and robins especially love them. I'm told that we have goldfinches around but haven't seen them yet.

Brenda said...

I saw two hummingbirds at our house on Sunday night, I put their feeder out yesterday. I have found that our rabbits like bird food too.

Simone de Klerk said...

Wow, Gretchen, how fun that must be, to see so many birds there and of course hear them singing!

Becky said...

Do you have a hummingbird feeder? It is fun to watch them flit about. We're having trouble keeping a sparrow out of our screened porch. She is trying to build a nest inside:)

Michelle said...

I love (and miss) having birdfeeders! We had loads of goldfinches in Virginia. I think they fly in packs (or I guess that would be flocks). I miss the cardinals too. Where we live now is desert-y and not many trees. :(