Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bird Activity!



Remember the Rudbeckia laciniata that I just posted about? Well, now that it is in bloom there are Goldfinches galore on it. This was taken from the family room, about two feet away from the finches. These little birds are a bit skittish, when I walked up to the window there were about four of them on the plant. Only one remained. They love this plant. Always a flurry of yellow! What a show! See how the stem is bent over with him sitting on it?

30 comments:

  1. Good catch! I am not quite so fast with the camera when it comes to birds. I totally missed a fabulous shot yesterday with a hummingbird. :>(

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  2. Amazing! This creature just blends with the blooms! Wonderful image Janet!

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  3. Excellent capture, Janet. We have goldfinches as well. The feeder is beneath my bedroom window and they are always there. It is difficult to get a good photo for they are quick.
    Donna

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  4. Hi Janet! Thanks for visiting my blog! I haven't seen you around in a while. Is all well with you? You got the perfect shot of that finch on your rudebeckia. I never seem to get shots like that, that darn delay on my camera will be what I blame it on. Lol. Happy summer, it is finally here in my neck of the woods and things are really starting to take off now.

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  5. Great capture of the goldfinch with the Rudbeckia! R. laciniata grows wild on our farm but I don't think ours is blooming yet.

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  6. ooh, I like this perennial even more now than I thought I did the other day when you posted about it. How wonderful to have it full of goldfinches. Enjoy the show!

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  7. Hi Lauren, I think hummingbirds are harder to capture on film (or digital) they are really fast. At least the finches land and rest a while.
    Tatyana, The first time I saw a goldfinch in the backyard I thought someone's parakeet or canary had escaped!
    Donna, thanks! These little finches are sure fun to watch, glad you have a feeder that attracts them.
    Heather, I am not sure why I hadn't been by lately....guess I am visiting too many to keep good track of!?!?! Happy summer to you too, I will be visiting more!!
    Sweetbay, I bet your Rudbeckia is blooming, mine just popped in the last two or three days.
    kathleen, Glad you like it! It is truly a wonderful show!

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  8. I love that Rubeckia, looks like a great plant to attract the adorable goldfinches. ;) They are so amusing to watch in the garden.

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  9. I love these birds; they are so entertaining. Great capture! I can't get them to hold still long enough to snap a photo! gail

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  10. That's a beautiful rudbeckia! Wish I could add it to the menu for my Goldfinches. But, I do think the rabbits or deer would take it out before blooms.

    Fantastic photo!
    Cameron

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  11. Beautiful photo Janet. An artist couldn't have painted that and got the yellows to match more perfect!

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  12. DaffodilPlanter, thanks! Love the yellow.
    Racquel, the goldfinches are really lots of fun to watch!
    Gail, I was lucky to capture the photo. Pure luck.
    Cameron, wish you would give it a try. I don't think the bunnies will bother it, the deer are another story.
    Linda, sometimes I don't even see the finches because they blend in so well with the yellow blooms.

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  13. Beautiful bird on a Rudbeckia. I get to see the odd Western Tanager here, the orange and yellow coloring is very exotic for this area.

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  14. Hi Jen, I think seeing a Tanager would be pretty cool. We are supposed to have orieles here, but seldom seen. I love the brightly colored songbirds.

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  15. Very pretty. We love our goldfinches and they love our feeders, the russian sage and the sunflowers.

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  16. Queen Janet... a great shot! The place is so natural to the bird, he can play and move about freely. The colors blend well. A very keen eye will notice and shoot for a good shot.

    Well done Queen.
    ~ bangchik

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  17. Hi Victoria, those little finches will find seed on the most interesting plants.
    Bangchik- hello there! You are most kind in your assessment of the photo. I was sure glad to capture it.

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  18. What a beautiful photo, Janet. We love our house finches and gold finches but most of the gold finches have gone for the season. They are so bright in the dappled shade of the woods where we feed our birds and watch them flit about.

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  19. Diana, Hi, gone? really? We have the goldfinches year round. In the winter their coloring is muted, but they are here. Guess Austin is too hot for them?

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  20. You got to take off that scary mask so they'll stay next time. Great shot and how fun that it's just right outside your window.

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  21. Ha ha --good one Anna. Boo! we really have such a nice view out the window with all the birds (big and small) and butterflies.

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  22. Beautiful photo, Janet! The goldfinches also like the purple coneflowers when they've gone to seed, but I can never get a picture of them then. Thanks for all the info on attracting birds and butterflies; several of these plants I wasn't familiar with, including the Rudbeckia laciniata. It's lovely, and so tall!

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  23. I have two pairs, one set of male and female is quite close to one another. He lands on the shepards hook, doing a loud 'CHEP,CHEP' for her, meaning the coast it clear. (no bluejays)She comes to feed, one time though he leaned sideways and slide down the hook towards her, and we saw it! So cute!

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  24. Hi Janet, what a fabulous shot! The goldfinches are hanging around here, looking for echinacea seeds. Those rudbeckias are magnets for the colorful birds, how nice they are just outside your window too! :-)
    Frances

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  25. Hi Rose, I have purple coneflowers and blackeyed susans which is a giant feast for the finches. Wait until I post about my hibiscus!! It is taller than the Rudbeckia.

    Dawn, hi there, aren't birds fun to watch? Sounds like your finches are a good pair.

    Frances, good evening. Thanks, I was pretty happy with this shot. Having the Rudbeckia right outside the window is the best!

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  26. I love goldfinches, but am always too slow to take any decent pictures of birds in my garden. Thank you for sharing yours.

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  27. thanks Heirloom Gardener. I was lucky the bird landed where he did, with the tree behind him for contrast.

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  28. I need to plant some R. lacinata -- the goldfinches are becoming WAY too happy chowing down on the thistle seed. They love the seeds in the meadow later in the season, but right now, they're chowing down on the easy pickings.

    Lisa

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  29. Evening Lisa, yes, that niger seed can get $$ I leave my Rudbeckia (common) and Echinacea on the stems until early spring for them to eat the seeds. It is only mid-January that I put the seed out. There are plenty that come and feed.

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