Goldfinches & Hummingbirds #4

By: GardenGrrl , 4:30 PM GMT on February 07, 2012

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About the hummingbirds, it has been such a strange winter that if you live in the South, now may be a good time to put the hummingbird feeders up.
I already have one out.
Addendum, LowerCal added an interesting link about hummingbirds that stay over winter. (#4)

Now the Goldfinchs. These are my favorite birds. They come through here in their winter colors, start changing to bright yellow and move on up north.
When I lived up north it was wonderful to see the bright yellow birds clinging to stems of purple thistle flowers and eating the seeds.

I liked these birds so much that once I spent nearly a weeks pay on a porcelin goldfinch figurine.
(Still have it 20 some years later).

Someone also sent me a collectable plate with goldfinches on it. It's in the glass front "treasure' cabinent.

But still my favorite goldfinchs are the ones I see outside. Here are this years pictures of goldfinchs in their transition colors.







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13. sandiquiz
10:16 AM GMT on February 11, 2012
Quoting Ylee:
Have a good week at the batcave, GG! Looks like we'll both be away from the blogs, as I will be off until Monday! :(

How things can change so quickly!
Morning Ylee !

Hi GG - hope you are having a speedy week, soon be the end of your day and then you can catch up sleep and blogs and other exciting things! lol
PS - how are the ribs feeling - better?
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12. oregonbirdofprey
1:23 AM GMT on February 11, 2012
We have Anna's hummingbirds in Portland that stay here all winter.
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11. aSigiam
6:29 PM GMT on February 10, 2012
Excelent pictures GG. We get finches but not the gold ones. I see a lot of house finches though.
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10. Proserpina
4:15 PM GMT on February 10, 2012
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9. Ylee
3:15 AM GMT on February 09, 2012
Have a good week at the batcave, GG! Looks like we'll both be away from the blogs, as I will be off until Monday! :(
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8. GardenGrrl
2:10 AM GMT on February 09, 2012
Hi Sandi, I was just thinking that your finch looks very much like ones they sell for $$$ at the pet stores here. Then again we will buy Australian "pidgeons" (the gallahs) for $1500 and up.

Hi LowerCal, that is a good article. Guess leaving the feeders up into winter is probably a good thing around here. Thanks.

Hi Calpoppy, Usually you have all the cool birds. Maybe you will get a bunch of orioles this year. Guess the Goldfinchs decided your nursery is a nice feed stop before heading far south.

Hi Prose, Good to see you around the blogs. Sounds like you have been keeping very busy. Hugs to Koko who must look very nice from the groomers visit.

Hi Briarcraft, seems like Starlings are popular foundlings. I knew one at a shop called "Arlene the Starling". Very cool your grandmothers could talk. Really funny that it woud say, "Did you hear me?".
That would of had me laughing all the time.
Syd talks very good for a cockatoo. He calls everyone by name except me. He decided my name is "Annabelle"
Guess thats better than other things he could call me.

Well it's time to head off to bed. It's back to the batcave in the morning.

Have a great week all!
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7. BriarCraft
12:23 AM GMT on February 09, 2012
The goldfinches are back! Well, truth be told, they're greenish finches right now, but they'll be golden yellow in another month or so.

I noticed Poppy talking about a pet starling. My grandmother had one. It fell out of its nest and she adopted it. One day, when it was about a year old it darned near gave her heart failure when it said, "Here kitty kitty." And not only did it talk, it talked in her voice. Everyone got a kick seeing the outdoor cats come to the kitchen window sill to look at the crazy bird that was calling them. Over the years, it also learned to say, "Come on Joe. Dinner." and "Did you hear me?" A little research told us that starlings are cousins to mynas. They're not as small as Ggrrl's Syd, but they will mimic what they hear.
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6. Proserpina
10:35 PM GMT on February 07, 2012
LowerCal, thank you for the info. I am one of those who feed the hummers during spring and summer and stop feeding them in late Fall. I thought they went away for the winter. I'll put sugared water out tomorrow.


Sandi
, that is one gorgeous goldfinch!

GG
, hello! I read somewhere that your hair is growing again, how exciting. I hope that you'll post a photo at some point.

Darn it, I also read that you are having teeth problems. No end to one's little inconveniences. Did I say little? Root canals, etc. are NOT little problems. I hope that you are feeling 'good', even if it is with the help of pain killers.

Take good care of yourself!
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5. calpoppy
10:15 PM GMT on February 07, 2012
My girlfriend has had a pet goldfinch for many years. She also has a starling. It is amazing how long they live in captivity. The local pharmacist had a starling that they brought into the pharmacy from their home everyday. When they found the fledgling they called me from the nursery to help id him. He was a great hit with all the customers, and he was allowed to fly about when they took him home. The goldfinches are rarely seen here but I do get them in the fall at the nursery.

Still a dull bird year here. I hope it gets better in the spring. I know part of the problem is the mild winter in the US and the other is the amount of ravens we still have. They scare the smaller birds away.

Sandi, that is a very pretty bird!!
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4. LowerCal
9:15 PM GMT on February 07, 2012
Winter Feeding of Hummingbirds
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A deceptively small yet incredibly profound fact has recently been discovered: It is being proven, by banding and recapture studies, that hummingbirds survive winter conditions in the United States very well on their own, and not only make it back to their traditional breeding grounds but actually return to the very same winter feeding grounds year after year after year. By making nectar plants, feeders, and natural habitat available all year you are helping hummingbirds, not hindering them, during the fall and winter months.
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3. sandiquiz
5:17 PM GMT on February 07, 2012
Quoting GardenGrrl:

Now for time changes....are you up late or up early?

LOL - you mean now? I am actually about to go and feed the cat and myself our evening meal.. it is about 5:30 pm... another five hours before I hit the sack!
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2. GardenGrrl
5:03 PM GMT on February 07, 2012
What a pretty bird. You definitly get a rainbow assortment at the feeders.
Now for time changes....are you up late or up early?
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1. sandiquiz
4:36 PM GMT on February 07, 2012
I love the little goldfinches.... now here is another bird that is the same in name and almost in feather colours. They love the sunflower hearts I put out for the tits...




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