Finches

By: GardenGrrl , 9:37 PM GMT on February 01, 2013

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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.





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52. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:28 PM GMT on February 22, 2013
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51. BriarCraft
9:52 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
At 45F right now, you're not exactly having a heat wave, and I see you have a 90% chance of rain. 2071 miles away (according to Yahoo Maps) we're going to get the biggest winter storm of the season Friday night. Since we haven't really had any storms, the local TV weather forecasters aren't sticking their necks out too far. Looks like you've got a few partly cloudy days coming up. I hope you'll have a chance to get out and "shoot" some more birds.
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50. GardenGrrl
11:06 AM GMT on February 19, 2013
Hi Sandi, that craning the head back is one of the sticky spots for bird photography. While they say everything is big in Texas our trees are rather short.
When we went to Oklahoma thought I was going to need a neck brace by the end of the trip. Trees almost twice as tall.

Hi Sp, I went easy on the chocolate this year. Only two boxes. Discovered the wonderful and amazing Pangburn's Millionaires. These are soft caramel centers surrounded by fine chocolate and pecans. Should have bought all of those at half off. The other was the last box of Lindor Truffles. Yum.

Hi Calpoppy, oh yeah new puppies will wear you out. Good thing you can have them mostly outside. Saw the pics at your blog and they are cute :)
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49. calpoppy
11:11 PM GMT on February 18, 2013
Pups have arrived and we are exhausted, LOL! We feel like new parents.
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48. sp34n119w
9:31 PM GMT on February 18, 2013
gg, you haven't shared the details of your chocolate haul! ;) I had a coupon from B&N for Godiva so ... yeah, I caved.

Looks like a lovely day there - even if it is a work day :)
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47. sandiquiz
8:43 PM GMT on February 18, 2013
Did you clean your cache?
You are working again. I have no idea why WU picks on one of us occasionally and turns our blog into an obstacle course!!!

Hope your week is going well. I got a wonderful shot of a robin singing at the top of a tree today when out with a friend. It was right at the top of the tree and I hate tipping my head back due to my vertigo, but risked one shot - and wonders of wonders - it is lovely! In WU and Flickr :-)
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46. GardenGrrl
10:59 AM GMT on February 17, 2013
Good Morning it's a brand new work day. 37f, clear skies, no wind. Sounds good to me.

Briar, yeah that's pretty much of it sort of. Flashlight makers have added a whole new twist of confusion and kind of misleading info regarding how bright a flashlight is. They are also rated in candle power.
If I get time next week I will do a flashlight blog.

Hi Sandi, unless google chrome has hijacked my computer again I generally use the default windows browser. Probably wouldn't hurt to clean my cache up though.
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45. sandiquiz
2:25 PM GMT on February 16, 2013
Whatever you are doing, I hope you have time for a relaxing cup of coffee:)



PS - I think your Google Chrome (you have Google Chrome don't you?) needs its cache deleting... your blog has got that funny notice, like mine had a week ago - caused by Chrome cache and cookies!


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44. BriarCraft
3:52 AM GMT on February 16, 2013
So, other than having heard the term before, I had no idea of what a lumen actually is. Wiki here I come...

...and found a whole bunch of tech-talk that, roughly translated, is a measure of the total amount of visible light. Then followed a bunch of math with symbols I never saw before:

The lumen is defined in relation to the candela as
1 lm = 1 cd·sr
A full sphere has a solid angle of 4·π steradians, so a light source that uniformly radiates one candela in all directions has a total luminous flux of 1 cd·4π sr = 4π ≈ 12.57 lumens.


To which my response involved some head-scratching, eye-crossing, beats-the-s^*%-out-of-me sentiments. And then I came to:

A 23 watt compact fluorescent lamp emits about 1,500–1,600 lumens.

Aha!

So I went and turned on a light with a 23-watt bulb and another one with a 13-watter and let them warm up to full brightness. So your spiffy new 500 lumen geeklight is about 60% of a 13-watt or 1/3 of a 23-watt CF.

See? I learnt somethin' new. Sort of.
Now, I want to know why you and everyone else at work needs geeklights. Didn't the boss pay the light bill this month?
Oops. All thinked out for today.
'kay. Bye.
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43. GardenGrrl
2:09 PM GMT on February 15, 2013
Good Morning All,
Thanks for the Valentines greetings. It's fun that we all went "old school" and created our own or left individual messages.

So thanks, Sandi, Rob, Mass, WTS, Juslivn, Shore and Prose. Enjoyed the words, the decorated critters and of course your beautiful paintings prose.

Busy day today. So see ya all later.
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42. Proserpina
1:49 PM GMT on February 15, 2013
by Maria photo IMG_5503avalentinebelated_zps014185c6.jpg

Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies. - Swedish Proverb

A touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. - Plato
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41. shoreacres
1:38 AM GMT on February 15, 2013
Hmmmmm... looks like all the animals have been over to PicMonkey. ;)

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40. juslivn
10:42 PM GMT on February 14, 2013
Hi GG! Molly (and the gang) say Happy Valentines Day to you and yours. Hope it is Saweeeet.

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39. WatchinTheSky
5:12 PM GMT on February 14, 2013
Phinny says 'Thanks, Syd'!


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38. masshysteria
4:20 PM GMT on February 14, 2013
Good Morning and Happy Valentines Day to you, too, G/G!!

Hope your much colder current weather doesn't put a damper on your Valentines Day! You wouldn't like it much better up here in Mass., as we're trying to thaw a lot of remaining snow, ice and weary bones from this past weekend's blizzard. Thankfully, the sun's shining brightly today, temps have risen to the low 40's and pure asphalt can now be seen in our streets. It's a great start!



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37. RobDaHood
3:35 PM GMT on February 14, 2013
Hey GG!
Thanks for the cute Valentines Greeting!
Hope you have a really great Valentine's Day!
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36. sandiquiz
10:01 AM GMT on February 14, 2013
Thanks for the 'love'-ly photo from Roxie for today...
I hope you have a special day, and remember, it is a known fact that chocolate is good for you !!
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35. GardenGrrl
5:00 PM GMT on February 13, 2013
Good Morning, it's chilly and overcast today. I predict a nap later. The gardening bug is starting to bite and I'm looking to design a sprinkler system for the yard if the park allows it.

The grand design will involve two more repeat blooming rose bushes with strong scent in the main yard as companions to the smell good garden. The aromatic garden is a former gurneys strawberry garden that got too much sun for strawberries. It now has lavender, rosemary, lemon thyme and a seasonal citronella that smells really good.

The rear garden will stay as a hummingbird and butterfly haven :D

Did I mention citronella plants smell really good? Just don't get too many or it will be overwhelming.

Oh, and somebody sent me some neat flower seeds. If I manage to grow them I'll write all about it. Until then, just for luck, I'm keeping mum.

Hi Karen, it is amazing the gifts that nature brings. Even just looking out the kitchen window at the birds on the feeder makes me feel blessed.
Btw, your library is fabulous!

Hi Bug, it's so funny that many of us take to our yards wearing nothing but nightware armour to protect our territory. Grrrrrr! Yard Warriors! eU-RAH!
They should do a reality show about this ;D
Oh and I may look for some of the mealworms.

Hi Sandi, those are pretty birds. I've seen a duller version in my yard a few times in the spring. Yours do look very much like goldfinches.
The squirrel shot is great. Nice of him to pose so well as long as he was eating all the bird food.


Hi Tony, it's been dark cold and raining these last mornings but I guess in times of drought it does make for a good morning.

Hi Shore, how cool to have that many finches! The coastal areas are so great for birding. Speaking of, your new Word Press blog is really good. Guess getting out to the docks in the early morn helps a person think.

Hi Briar, flashlights are the working geeks favorite toys. Later we went to COSTCO for paper supplies and birdseed. Found some small 500 lumen flashlights, two per package for $24. (Thats a good deal.) Monday at work other people had been to Costco and were raving about these great flashlights they bought. We all got the same thing. One guy bought several packs and was selling them at cost to others. These are waaaaay better than my $80 tactical flashlight.
Trades people are total flashlight geeks.
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34. shoreacres
3:47 PM GMT on February 13, 2013
I think you should start preparing for an influx of finches. I don't know where they've come from, but we're just inundated with them now. I walked out late yesterday afternoon after the weather started straightening up, and they were everywhere - hundreds of them! I suppose they're on their way north, and maybe have stopped here for a bit while their travel agent gets things worked out.

We're cold for sure this morning, with a fairly strong north wind. Well, ok - 49 just now, but still pretty nippy out on the dock. I usually head out when it gets to 50, so I'd better get moving. ;)
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33. plapman
2:22 PM GMT on February 13, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
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32. BriarCraft
9:54 PM GMT on February 12, 2013
Sandi, there are pine siskins where I live. According to All About Birds, they winter in GGs back yard, too, and are similar to the house finch, American goldfinch, and common redpoll, and also to your Eurasian siskin. No redpolls in my corner of the states, but that's okay. It's easy enough getting confused between just the siskins and goldfinches at this time of year.

So, GG, you went to Fry's and geeked out on a flashlight? Really? With all the things you could have found to drool over, you focused on a flashlight? Now, I am worried about you. You need to maybe spend some time over at geek-and-poke.com until you get your mind right. Okay?
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31. sandiquiz
4:31 AM GMT on February 12, 2013
LOL,

I went to sleep early..ie 9:30, so when I awoke to pay a visit just before 4 and got back into bed, I couldn't get to sleep... I was wide awake! So here I am!
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30. palmettobug53
4:15 AM GMT on February 12, 2013
What am I doing up? It's past my bedtime!
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29. palmettobug53
4:14 AM GMT on February 12, 2013
What are you doing up, young lady?
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28. sandiquiz
4:05 AM GMT on February 12, 2013
I have been looking at your goldfinch for days thinking I am sure it is more like another bird we have here rather than the goldfinch, which is similar but different..... I know I said they were the same. Must have been drunk that day! lol

We call these. 'Siskins' .



You have just got to check out the photo in my blog of the silly squirrel..... He got right inside that tiny feeder I have for the small birds, and sat there for ages, sheltering from the snow whilst he nibbled on the bird cake!
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27. palmettobug53
2:11 AM GMT on February 12, 2013
Hi, GG.

We ought to form a club for deranged, nightgown wearing, bed heads who burst, screaming, out of their houses to chase off pesky birds, squirrels and stray dogs getting into garbage cans!

Oddly enough, we were talking a while back on Sandi's blog about wandering around outside in dishabille.

I've had Norton for years and been very satisfied. I had one problem, one time, renewing my subscription. I emailed support and they fixed it right off the bat, on their end. That was probably over 5 years ago. I now do auto-renew. They do it, charge my credit card and I don't have to lift a finger. Except to write the check for the credit card bill.

Still, as Ylee mentioned, it doesn't give you the same thrill as getting your Geek on at Fry's! I wonder if there's one here. Or something like it. Sounds fun.

Which reminds me. I need to get my hardware Geek on one day this week. Need some chain for a feeder my uncle made for me. Dad asked him to make one for me and I was up there this weekend. It was a nice surprise. A square feeder with a screened bottom for mealworms. Uncle G had enough scrap wood in his woodshop to put one together for me. Didja know you can get bags of dried mealworms at Walmart for a fraction of what the pet stores want for live ones? The birds love 'em! But you have to put them in something that has some sides to it or the wind blows them off.

I love hardware stores. Esp Charleston Hardware. It's small, locally owned, been there for 50 years and they have all kinds of cool stuff. Not just 'hardware.' Like their site says, "If we don't have it and we can't get it, you don't need it." lol
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26. SBKaren
12:05 AM GMT on February 12, 2013
I'm with Ylee - I use the free version of Avast and haven't had a problem since I started using it about 4 years ago.

The birds are so pretty! I love the yellow ones - such color. Isn't nature amazing!
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25. GardenGrrl
10:59 AM GMT on February 11, 2013
Briar, it is amazing how messy birds are. My feeder station used to be in kind of a dip in the yard. Over the years it has built up into a "pitchers mound". Oddly it is not weedy but very lush looking grass around the mound.

Hi Ylee, we tried downloading Norton once and the whole thing became a project involving bad customer service. Besides, it's really fun to shop at Fry's. I found a new super bright spot LED flash light (200 lumens)that's about 5 inches long :-)
I may have to do a blog on flashlights.

Hi Tony, good to here you are having "warmer" weather although that wind is kind of stiff.
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24. GardenGrrl
11:17 AM GMT on February 10, 2013
Good Morning All,

Hi Ylee, Briar, Tony. Running a tad late this morning. Rain really is great sleeping weather!
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23. plapman
2:30 PM GMT on February 09, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
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22. Ylee
11:54 PM GMT on February 08, 2013
Can't you just renew the virus software online? That's what I do with my Avast subscription. Of course, that takes away your chance to Geek! :' )
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21. BriarCraft
11:35 PM GMT on February 08, 2013
What a lovely collection of finch photos! And I followed the link over to that interesting article at Birds and Blooms. I never heard of some of those myths, so that made for interesting reading, too.

Every afternoon for the past week or so, I've told myself, "You really should sweep up all this thistle seed chaff tomorrow." But then tomorrow comes and I tend to forget as there are so many more interesting things to do. Until late afternoon and time to refill the feeders again. I was just reminded of that neglected and oft-forgot finch mess when I saw all the finch pics above. It's only 3:35. No excuse. Gonna go sweep up chaff. Have you ever noticed that birds can be really messy? Yeah, Syd probably mentioned that at some point. Have I mentioned how much I hate finches?
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20. GardenGrrl
9:40 PM GMT on February 08, 2013
Hello, we had an internet outage all day but it's back. Quick hellos and off to "Laaaaa*chorus*laaa
Frye's Electronics Superstore. The virus software is running out so have to shop for a new one.
This is geek heaven. They have everything. Woo-hoo!

Hi Tony, Roxie says Woof!

Hi Prose, thanks. Sometimes it seems like my world has shrunk, but when I find the beauty around me it becomes big again.

Hi Sandi, those are cool looking birds. Heck, I think the bird cakes look great I would almost eat one.
Your little Panasonic inspired me to get mine.

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19. sandiquiz
8:22 AM GMT on February 08, 2013
Finally got a better shot of the LTT.... They certainly love the birdcake I made. Must be the brandy in the Christmas cake they like!! lol

Yummy, bird cake:)

Thanks for the Celebration wishes! I suddenly realised that today is the start of the rest of my life! All last year was a wash out, what with health issues, then the op and as I recovered from that I had the worry of the jury service hanging over me. Now that has gone and there is nothing to stop me doing what I want...when I want!!

Time to get out the big Canon and dust it off I think! The little Panasonic has been a God send whilst I have been recovering, but think I will be able to carry the longer lens again, now!
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18. Proserpina
3:35 PM GMT on February 06, 2013
Good morning. A lovely new set of birds. I just love Finches. Right now my feeders are attracting a large number of Finches and it is a lovely sight, red, yellow,and varieties in-between.

I am loving your bird themes!
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17. plapman
3:28 PM GMT on February 06, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
Enjoy the day.
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16. GardenGrrl
11:04 AM GMT on February 05, 2013
Good Morning, lot's of high fog this morning. The sodium lights from the warehouses down the way make the sky look a glowy orange.

Hi Plapman,have you trained Abbey to lay on your feet yet to keep them warm?

Hi Skyepony, I have often wondered what birds think. I imagine it runs along the line of; should I eat it or flee from it...oh helloooo aren't you a handsome bird...tweet tweet.

Hi Sandi, remember the times of film cameras when those types of shots would of had us puffed up proud? Still it's a good shot. The little fluff ball kind of resembles a hedghog, adorable :-)
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15. sandiquiz
9:45 AM GMT on February 05, 2013
Not a finch, but a tit.... a long tailed tit enjoying the bird cake I made at the weekend:)



Not a very good photo, as it was through my double glazed back door and these little birds only seem to visit at dawn and dusk...hence the lack of light and the lack of clarity!

Hope the BC is going OK this week... I have a day off, no trials today, but have to ring later today to see if I am needed tomorrow.
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14. Skyepony (Mod)
3:28 PM GMT on February 04, 2013
Your finches look as entertained by you as you by them:)

Mine should be building nests in every corner & crevice soon.
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13. plapman
2:35 PM GMT on February 04, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
Any warm air will be appreciated.
Enjoy the day.
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12. GardenGrrl
11:05 AM GMT on February 04, 2013
Good Morning, they are saying rain today. That would be great!

Hi Plapman, yeah I can imagine it takes a while to melt off that far North. Of course the cold is why everyone up there looks so young. Freezing preserves things.

Hi Shore, I did not know finches like crepe myrtle. Am going to have to spend more time looking at the two in the front. I rarely clip them except to keep branches off the house. Lots of yummy seed heads.

Hi Calpoppy, that's cool you get a lot of the color mutations. I saw a yellowish one once and thought it was a pine siskin or something hanging out with the finches. The robo bird of doom is a cool article. Guess we should be careful how we wave our wings.
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11. calpoppy
8:20 PM GMT on February 03, 2013
Hi GG! Love the house finch! And all our goldfinches! The house finches come in various shades of yellow to orange and their regular reds. I like the yellow ones, there is just a few of those though. We had one that had like a mini afro, it was really cute.

I didn't get a chance to put this in your sparrow blog, so here it is for your finch blog.

Robo sparrows of doom!

Link
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10. shoreacres
1:39 PM GMT on February 03, 2013
I had one goldfinch stop by last week - I nearly went running out to buy thistle, but decided against it. We're nearly past the time when they hang around, and I suspect it showed up mostly because of the crepe myrtles, anyway. They usually trim them too early, but they're late this year, and the seed heads still are on them. You can hear the finches chattering around in the trees. I suppose you could see them, too, but I'm usually on my way to the car and just keep on going unless one sounds really close. ;)

That photo of Jus' is so funny. Corgi's have "that" look about them - they make me smile all by themselves, let alone in a setting like that!
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9. plapman
12:17 PM GMT on February 03, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
Our groundhog said 6 more weeks of winter. That is to be expected here though as it usally doesn't start melting untill mid March.
Have a good day.
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8. GardenGrrl
11:10 AM GMT on February 03, 2013
Good Morning!

Hi Mass, the whole idea of 60mph winds in mid-winter is just wrong. Who do we call fix that? Glad you kept the power on at your house. Love the ground hog graphic:) Hope the rest of your winter and coming into spring is a good one.

Hi Bug, just laughed and laughed at your grackle chasing. Had to show it to spouse and say; See, I'm not the only one. One morning I was dressed in an over sized tye-dye shirt, hair a mess flailing arms shouting Go, git, get out of here. Some people who were looking to buy a house drove off rather quickly. Oops.

Hi Rob, it's a wonderful thing to look out the window or sit on the porch and watch natures little acrobats put on their show. Double bonus to have cattails.

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7. RobDaHood
12:05 AM GMT on February 03, 2013
All sorts of finches, wrens, wild canaries, and other small birds here now. Too much food...they are ignoring the new feeder. Fun watching them this morning swarming over the cattails. Been cold and very windy the last couple days so today they were out in force. Guess they were catching small bugs flying out of the cattails.
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6. palmettobug53
11:12 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
We have some house finches. I see them almost daily at my birdbath.

We get the gold finches in full golden flush during their spring migration. They come back through in the fall but have already switched to their winter garb by then.

I see myrtle warblers, Carolina chickadees, Carolina wrens, blue jays, cardinals, mockers, mourning doves, rock doves, downy and red bellied woodpeckers, the occasional ring necked dove. We've had Cooper's and red tailed hawks in the neighborhood. Robins come through in droves during the spring.

In the fall, when grackles or starlings start flocking together, they will sometimes discover my feeders. The neighborhood then gets to enjoy watching the deranged neighbor woman in her gown, dashing outside to chase them off.

I spotted a Pileated woodpecker one time but it was prior to Hugo, when we still had a big pine tree out front.

I even had a juvenile white ibis in the yard a year or two ago. It hung around for about 3 days before realizing the neighborhood wasn't a marshland.

I've done my best to attract hummers. The only variety we have here are the ruby throats. I had good luck two summers ago and had quite a few. Nothing much since. The occasional visitor to the feeder. I'm about ready to quit trying. I'm tired of mixing sugar water and throwing it out.
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5. masshysteria
5:23 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
Good Afternoon, G/G!

A belated "White Rabbits", etc., etc. to you as well! I must admit I'm a bit envious of your current 60 degree temps. We experienced a taste of that last week, but unfortunately it came with a price of a cold front sliding in and producing damaging wind gusts of 60+ mph. Thankfully, we weren't part of those who lost power or had damage done but, at the time, the sound of those howling winds had us cowering a bit.

Hope that ole Punxsutawney Phil's edict of an earlier felt spring comes true for those living in much colder climates and without future incidents. I'm tired of feeling like an aged Nanook of the North. LOL!

HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY!!! Phil predicts an early Spring! YEAH!!



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4. GardenGrrl
3:25 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
Hi Sandi, we get occaisional redpolls more in the rural wooded areas. I have never seen one. Interesting the little one you posted has a band on it's right leg....alien abduction by curious reseachers?
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3. sandiquiz
10:06 PM GMT on February 01, 2013
Your house finch is the same as our redpoll ....


But the goldfinches are the same as our goldfinches:-)

I have never had either redpolls or goldfinches in my garden.
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2. GardenGrrl
9:48 PM GMT on February 01, 2013
This is what Juslivin posted in last blog.



Hopefully this will be the happy song from Prose



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