Although these tiny birds flutter through the space between the black walnut tree and the feeders on my patio like butterflies on speed, siskins are not immune to the effects of the earth’s gravity.
Room for one more?
Of course! Always room for one more. Pull up a perch!
Are you sure – it looks pretty crowded…
Crash! Spill! Flutter! Back to the tree until the paparazzi puts things back in order.
Great photos Lorri.
That last shot is just amazing. They actually look a bit like House Sparrows with the brown feathers.
Thanks Vicki – Yes they do, a bit smaller though. They are a funny lot to watch when they get serious about eating, the tussle like hummingbirds.
You have to come to NY and go through Central Park with me, I never know what I’m looking at.
Thanks. You know, I started birding just a couple of years ago and bought an iPhone app – it’s amazing. It even plays the songs, which is sometimes helpful when photographing the shyer ones. I saw an HBO special about birding in Central Park – it looks amazing, it’s on my bucket list 🙂
I’m a mix of fascinated and frightened by birds, growing a bit more fascinated each year 🙂
I haven’t always been fascinated – as a kid I was terrified of them (probably because my pop thought it was a good idea to take me to see The Birds). I have become more and more entranced with them, they interact with me more than any other animal up here on the mountain. I had one light inches from me today and look me in the eye, then turn to eat – no concern.:)
“… thought it was a good idea to take me to see The Birds” Yup!
Very cool, I wouldn’t think birds would be willing to get so close (not counting pigeons, who have no shame) 🙂
I had a titmouse fly into the house today – I think they may be becoming too tame 🙂
I’m afraid to google what a titmouse is :p
Haha – they are just the sweetest little bird – very cheery and tame.
I dunno, I’m askeered 😀
Awww – they are not scary. I’m sure that there was not a single titmouse used in the filming of The Birds 🙂
Feeling like I should duck, now–just in case, lol.
Terrific photos — I’m with the rest of the gang — that incoming bird is an amazing picture. I have these guys too, and i also thought they were goldfinches. Live and learn!
Thanks – even their song is so similar and they seem to hang out with the goldfinches. Well, I guess I can cross another species off my list 🙂
You make science fun!
Well, I try to do my part 🙂
Love these photos.. the last one especially… difficult capturing something when you’re laughing… I wonder why?? Maybe the camera manufacturers should develop a laugh button for excessive camera shake…
You know, Bulldog, that’s terrific idea – a laughter setting in the image stabilization menu.
Fantastic photos! I think the last is my favorite but you really have to see them all together, beautiful shots.
Thanks – these little guys crack me up – that last shot was just dumb luck.
I’m impressed with your knowledge of birds! Love the photos – the incoming bird is amazing.
You know, I thought these were goldfinches until Kathleen cued me in:) that last shot was one of those lucky ones.
Oh my word….that last shot is the best! Did you just giggle at the outcome of this shot?!?!? (I am FOR you!) 😉
I did – I laughed too hard to shoot the aftermath. They have been battling on the different feeders for days – lots of collisions – it’s hysterical 🙂
I would have too! lol! Your dogs must be so good not to chase them away.
The dogs are mostly oblivious unless a bird is big like dove or a cowbird. It cracks me up to see a goldendoodle sleeping under the feeders.
Now THAT is funny!
Their patterns are wonderful.
I think they are just winter visitors. I have been thinking they were goldfinches for some time – live and learn 🙂 I do love their little speckles.
Hey Lorri – beautiful day today and looks like we are in for a gorgeous day tomorrow – yea! I think these adorable birds may be pine siskins – very similar to goldfinches except more barred and streaked. They can also have a touch of yellow on them. Enjoy your weekend! K
Kathleen – I think you may be right about that – I need to edit my post. Someone told me that goldfinches developed streaks in the winter – their songs are so similar too. It is so wonderful outside – I can’t wait for the weekend!
I hope I feel like getting out and into the garden a bit tomorrow – have literally been in bed all week with the yucky head cold horrible crud stuff. Made it thru the winter without so much as a sniffle – then bam! At least it was an ugly week – K
Yikes – I had the flu twice this winter, even after getting a flu shot. I hope you are feeling better soon. This weather is too great to miss out on 🙂