It’s a bird week. Today I’m grateful for the so-called Lesser Goldfinch pair I heard tweeting in the trees a couple of days ago, and caught on camera today eating seeds from the catmint. Honey Badger has had them in her catmint next door for a few years, but this is the first I’ve been privileged to see them here. Above, I capture her through the window cracking a seed; below, he looks alertly at me trying to sneak up on him outside. What’s lesser about them, I’d like to know.

It was dusk, and I couldn’t get close; he took off a second after spotting me. So they’re fuzzy images, but serve to document the delight, and signify the promise of more happy finches to come.

2 thoughts on “Goldfinches

  1. I love the documentation of avian delight in this post and the ones about the phoebe family (I have a grandniece named Phoebe so spell check always wants to capitalize the word 😊). Living as I do in the central city there are too many free roaming cats to encourage a wide variety of birds. I would tell you to count your blessings but you already do that beautifully whenever you post a blog ❤️ Thank you 🤗

  2. Wonderful, Rita! Thank you as always for your lovely post.
    Our neighborhood here in CA is also graced with Lesser Goldfinches. (I think “lesser” might refer to their relatively small size compared with American Goldfinches.)
    And we, too, have a phoebe nest (in our case Black Phoebes) nearby—under the next-door neighbor’s eave. I think of you whenever I watch the adults flycatching & standing guard on the roof.

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