25 March 2012

Birds of a Feather-Part: Deux

Well, my wife went and did it and now we have to pay the consequences! We have been having a multitude of Goldfinch coming and eating their thistle seed which, by the way, is pretty darn expensive. It had gotten so busy at the feeders, that they were actually eating off of the ground, which Goldfinch usually do not do. So, one her way back from work last Saturday, my wife picked-up another Shepherd's Hook and some thistle socks to add some feeding stations for the Goldfinch.

Well, it didn't take more than two minutes before they swarmed the feeders. Although they are still feeding off of the ground, there are now three more feeding socks to attach themselves to.

Here's a photo taken through our kitchen window. By the time we got the camera, a lot of them had already flown off, but here are the ones that stayed. I know, the screen is a mess and those rips in it are courtesy of Yum Yum...
photo of Goldfinch feeding from a thistle sock

Not as many birds, but a better view of them...
photo of Goldfinch feeding from a thistle sock

Finally, a much better view. As you can see, my wife used electrical ties to secure the Shepherd's Hook to the post, which the birds use as perches...
photo of Goldfinch feeding from a thistle sock


  1. Your wife knows how to find the best reception of the Birdie Network!

    Angel & Isabella

    PeeS: Yum Yum, we don't think you had anything to do with the screen at all!

  2. Our thistle feeders never attract anybird.
    We don't see Yum Yum anywhere near that screen! Innocent!!!!

    The Florida Furkids

  3. What a feast, Tim. BTW - those are pine siskins along with the finches. Love pine siskins. They're brave and sweet.

  4. BeadedTail: Oh, yeah! The reception is coming in very clear :) However, this is a very expensive channel. I'll let Yum Yum know that you think she's innocent :)

    FURKIDSMOM: They started coming a few years ago and have been coming ever since.
    I'll let Yum Yum know :)

    Debbie: I know, they're eating us out of house and home. When I go out to fill the feeders, I can hear them in the trees and see them watching me (shades of Alfred Hitchcock).
    Thanks for reminding me. Mary is the bird person and she mentioned starting to see them again about a week ago :)

  5. You do have a hungry crowd there don't you

  6. Ann: That's for sure! It goes on all day...if not the finches, then it's the doves, ducks, starlings, and red-winged black birds. Needless to say, it's kinda noisy around here at times :)


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