A Whirlwind of Goldfinches

Early this morning as the sun was just up I heard a commotion in the backyard, a commotion of the bird kind… singing, squawking, chirping and peeping so I stepped outside with my camera (what else would I do? lol).

To my surprise and delight a group of American Goldfinches had stopped in my yard (on their way south I presume) and took over the feeders and trees.  They were so loud and so fast I took photos quickly and within 5 minutes they were gone – it was the craziest thing!  Just came in with a bang and left just the same – never to be seen again! (this season anyway..)

Here are a few photos from my whirlwind goldfinch visit….

Awwww sweet little yellow fluffball goldfinch
Awwww sweet little yellow fluffball goldfinch
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Group of Goldfinches on the feeder
Group of Goldfinches on the feeder
Soft little goldfinches...
Soft little goldfinches…
Here Finchy Finchy...
Here Finchy Finchy…
Handsome Goldfinch
Handsome Goldfinch

Until Next Time…..

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White-breasted Nuthatch stops for a visit

This summer, as I watch to see which birds are regular neighbors, I have noticed that the Red-breasted Nuthatches are here every day – but I have not seen any White-breasted Nuthatches at all.  Today a flash of white caught my eye through the window and – yes!  There was a handsome White-breasted Nutty poking around my bushes and checking out my feeder.  I grabbed my camera and snuck outside and only managed to get a quick shot before he was gone – but it’s still exciting to know it’s possible to see them in my yard.

White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
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Feathers on Friday: Common Raven in my ‘hood

I see Crows quite often in my neighborhood but seeing a Raven is much more rare.  Today I heard one calling loudly and there’s no mistaking that gutteral sound… a Raven!

I found him on a neighboring rooftop and snapped a photo.  One more for my Yard List this year :)

Common Raven on the Roof
Common Raven on the Roof

More Feathers on Friday Posts:

Prairie Birder

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A Downy in the Sparrow-Free Feeder

Today I was looking out my kitchen window at my new ‘sparrow free’ cedar birdfeeder to see if there was any interest in it yet.  Much to my surprise (and delight) – a Downy Woodpecker was flying around it and eyeing the feeder holes.  This particular feeder is aimed at the smaller birds – mainly chickadees and nuthatches – made with small entry holes and no perches in hopes that the house sparrows won’t be able to use it.  Since my house sparrows seem to eat everything from every type of feeder I own –  I decided it couldn’t hurt to try it.  I purchased mine at The Wild Bird Store (click here) where Kris and Dave are happy to help you!

I guess ‘sparrow free’ technically doesn’t mean ‘downy free’ …. so he helped himself to the treats inside for quite awhile.  What a cutie!

The video is below in standard format – if you want to watch it in beautiful HD – click on the vimeo link. :)

Downy in Sparrow Free Feeder from Morningside Life on Vimeo.

 

Downy Woodpecker on "Sparrow Free" Feeder
Downy Woodpecker on “Sparrow Free” Feeder
Downy Woodpecker in Feeder
Downy Woodpecker in Feeder

 

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Northern Flicker lookin’ pretty

I’m very happy today because I had a nice backyard visit with a beautiful Northern Flicker.  My feathered friend even posed for me and gave me great eye contact all while enjoying the beautiful warm day.

Northern Flicker in the Cherry Tree
Northern Flicker in the Cherry Tree
Northern Flicker Profile
Northern Flicker Profile
Close Up Northern Flicker
Close Up Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker

I’ve seen the Robins around the neighbourhood, but today I saw a good photo opportunity so snapped this (below).  I like how he’s just resting in the cherry tree.

American Robin
American Robin

How sweet is this little singing Tennessee Warbler?  She popped by to say hello, so tiny and lovely.

Who Me? The Tennessee Warbler
Who Me? The Tennessee Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Tennessee Warbler

She posed so perfectly on the fence – I just had to take her portrait.

House Sparrow
House Sparrow
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