Posted by:GardenGrrl, 9:37 PM GMT on February 01, 2013
This months featured feathered entertainment are my local finches. Mostly I have House Finches. Occaisionally I have winter Gold Finches that stop by so I always keep a sock of thistle seed hanging.
Goldfinches love thistle. When I was in Minnesota, the best part of my delivery route was driving by a field full of purple thistle. Bright gold birds would hang from the purple thistle dining on little black seeds.
During the winter goldfinches become a dull olive with tufts of yellow that didn't quite turn. Those are the goldfinches I get. They are still beautiful to me.
Everyone probably already knows how birds change to dull colors in winter to hide from predators. So as not to repeat that I did find a nifty article about winter bird facts and myths. Winter bird Myths
So here are some from my yard. This is a male housefinch.
This is a female housefinch
And here are my occaisional feeder guests, the winter goldfinches.