Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Scenes From The Feeders

Coming in.


Busy place.



Goldfinches took over the boat feeder.




Until the pine siskins found it.




The young birds are out and about and feeding now. The swarm feedings have started and will continue for a few more weeks, then they'll be gone for the winter.

17 comments:

the Bag Lady said...

Lovely! We don't see goldfinches here very often. There was one (I think that's what it was) at Mother's birthday celebration, but I couldn't get it on film, in spite of my best efforts.
You're lucky that they come to your feeder.

Leah J. Utas said...

Yes, we're quite blessed.
We have several male goldfinches, maybe five, this year and they often feed together.
It's only a mini-horde this year. In past years we've had several dozen swoop in several times a day.

Reb said...

Beautiful photos Leah! I like how the closest Goldfinch on the boat feeder is looking directly at you with the seed in his mouth! It is almost like he is thinking "damn photographers - always catch me with my mouth full!"

Leah J. Utas said...

Reb. I think that's exactly what he's thinking.

Thomma Lyn said...

Oh, what beautiful pictures. I just love the goldfinches. How lovely to have well-trafficked bird feeders! :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Thomma Lynn. We're very happy the goldfinches, and everybody else, stops by.

Leah J. Utas said...

Hmmm stop by

Crabby McSlacker said...

Wow, those goldfinches are so vivid! We've got a lot of cool birds here on the east coast that we never had in California, but alas, we don't know the names for anything.

Great shots!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Crabby. Goldfinches perk up my day something fierce.

Mark Salinas said...

Nice photos!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks so much, Mark.

Polly Kahl said...

Always love your photos, Leah, and those goldfinches are so tweet, er, sweet!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Polly. And you made me smile.

david mcmahon said...

Swarm weather - I mean, warm weather!

Leah J. Utas said...

Nice one, David. Swarm weather.

Hilary said...

Wonderful shots of the goldfinches, Leah. We have seen hundreds of them this year.. unusual compared to past years when I see maybe a half dozen throughout the full summer. I've never successfully photographed one though.. at least not clearly. They never seem to sit still long enough for me. Well done!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Hilary. Let them get used to you. They're awfully skittish early in the season, but they do calm down a bit after they've been fed for a few weeks.