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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

sweet little goldfinches




first there was one female

They come in flocks chattering and chirping as they fly through the air and land on the deck, a feeder or the ground looking for food.  These sweet little goldfinches have been around all winter.  The male's feathers turn brilliant yellow in summer and you can see the colours starting to change already.

Photo bombed - there were two as a male had landed and a third one was coming in for a landing.  



This one found a sunflower seed during the onslaught of ice pellets on Sunday.  Can you see them pinging through the air?




I took this photo last May when they were in their bright colours.
Aren't they pretty?  


And....I just had to share one photo that I took April 1, 2014 of our backyard.  Do you see any signs of spring???

NOTE:  the drift on the roof (which is 3 feet deep in spots), snow on the deck (which is usually cleared by me but it's too heavy) the snowbank behind the deck (hiding behind that cedar tree) which is about 7 feet tall (that's the snow I shovelled from the deck all winter), the 'valley' in the snow is where Murray keeps it cleared with the snowblower but now it's all filled in.  We got about 2 feet of ice pellets and snow from Sunday through Monday.

Enough said.

Well....just one more.

The front deck.  The snowbank/drift has grown to 7 feet.


Have a great day everyone!  Thank you for stopping by.

Blessings,
Pam


37 comments:

  1. Nice! I love the third photo! The photo bomb is funny! We had a very noticeable decrease in the number of goldfinches this year at the feeders.

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  2. ICK ICK ICK on the snow!!!! Even clean white snow is irritating this time of year. LOL Love the goldfinches. :-) Hope all this ridiculous snow melts soon!

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  3. oh my gosh, those drifts!!! :)

    love your goldfinches. and the photobomber! isn't it amazing that they have such a range!

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  4. Hi Pamela,
    Your photos of the birds are absolutely amazing...such clarity and detail.
    It does look as if it's still winter at your house though!
    Hang in there...the goldfinches are a sure sign that Spring will eventually make it to New Brunswick:-)
    Cheryl

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  5. Pamela, love the pic of the goldfinches peeping into your red mailbox; priceless! Spring is definitely a snowy affair this year, hope it will show more signs of its true colours soon!

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    Poppy

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  6. Hi Pam. I feel bad that I complain about snow that is melted the next day! Those little birds are so pretty. We have them here later on in summer but their coloring is not nearly as bright..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  7. Awwwww...so glad they made it to your place....love the pix!!!!...:)JP

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  8. Love your second photo! Yes, that is a lot of snow. Pamela, but I'm sure it will start melting soon.

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  9. The goldfinches are my friends when gardening, they're such a sweet bird.
    Yikes, so much snow still, at least ours is starting to melt. Glenn has opened the arboretum on April 1 in the past and the snow is too deep in front of the gates to even get them open.
    Hang in there Pam, I'll try and send some warmer weather your way to reduce that 7 foot drift! :-)

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  10. You are reminding me to re-fill my finch feeder!
    At least you have one tangible sign of spring! WOW, you must be ready to put that shovel away. That is really something. I thought of you when I heard that you were getting another blast last week-end. thank-you for sharing your great photos.

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  11. Oh my - you have tons of snow! We don't have snow, but it's still chilly here. Only 14 degrees this morning again! I love your Goldfinches - Can't wait for them to get here as well.

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  12. Wonderful finch photos. Love the photo bomb. But oh, the snow! Your area was on our news again last night and I thought of you there. I won't complain that we might get rain tomorrow.
    But you know what? That blue sky does look bright and spring like!

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  13. Yikes! I think people around here ought to quit their bellyachin'! That snow you have will probably be here in June. But the good news is that the goldfinches are getting their summer clothes on. I love the little gluttons. They are so much fun to watch.

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  14. Aww...I love those cute little gold finches! And all I can say about that snow is that I admire your attitude about it...I mean, after all, it IS what it IS...right? :)

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  15. Wow you have a lot more privacy with that bank of snow in front of your deck! Quite a difference in color with the gold finches. Nice pics!

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  16. Oh how I wish that you could magic that snow away! It is good that the birds are visiting you and providing some cheer, I really like the photo with the third one coming in to land - brilliant!! xx

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  17. Oh,,the finch are so pretty and I do love the sound of birds singing, as if to me only! Great photo's!

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  18. I like the Goldfinch they are cute and have a pretty song and chit chat ! Oh my all that snow , I do hope it all melts soon and you don't get any more . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  19. They are pretty birds and you sure have some snow.
    Merle..........

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  20. That is a whole lot of snow! At least, it is clean! One little finch looks as if he is impersonating a duck with that sunflower seed in his beak.

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  21. You and my friend Barb in Colorado gave more snow coming. There are no words left, are there?

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  22. Your yellow finches sure are a beautiful, bright colour come summer!
    And I can see where they're starting to turn now.
    All I can say about more snow is-I feel your pain!
    No joke.

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  23. Ok....so.....you got the Finches....the snow is worth it!
    I put my Nyger seed out about a week ago....today I had one lonely guy...who was actually ASLEEP at the feeder!
    I got a few shots of him.....I laughed so hard!
    Enjoy your evening.....think Summer!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  24. OH MY GOODNESS . . . I told you . . . You are the winter winner! Very pretty and VERY too much!
    Love the bright color in the Goldfinch in May . . . one mre thing yo look forward too.
    Wishing you some melting and no more snowfalls!

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  25. Correction
    . . . one more thing to look forward to . . .

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  26. OK, you're way ahead of us on snow now! Ours is steadily disappearing.

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  27. They are so cute, I think we might get the occasional one, wish that we had more of them.

    Really that much snow...it's got to go away soon, right?

    Jen

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  28. Wonderful bird photos - but oh that snow. Are you taking wagers on when it will all be gone?

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  29. I do hope the snow will be gone soon and you will see the sprouting of spring.

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  30. The Goldfinches are so pretty. Glad they stuck around all winter. You really do have a lot of snow yet. Ours is all gone but we are supposed to get several inches tonight. :(

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  31. Morning Pamela...a definite sign of Spring...if we can't see the forsythia in bloom yet at least the finches bring some pretty yellow color to our bleak surroundings. I love your new header too. Looks so pretty. Let the melting begin and I'm thinking sometime around May 1st it might be gone. Hope springs eternal. :)

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  32. Holy Snow Banks Batman!! That is a lot of snow in your neighbourhood! Love the little birds that have stuck it out with you though...they sure are a hopeful sign of springtime. Saw a robin here the other day and of course the gophers are out! Take care!

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  33. Love the birds, not so crazy about that much snow in April! Do you have to worry at all about your basement flooding? I hope not, Pam.

    Karen

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  34. Wow Pamela, that is a lot of snow. Ours is slowly melting:) I even found some snowdrops today. Enjoy the weekend.

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  35. Wow, Pamela your yard looks like mine! It is snowing now and has been snowing all day and was 3 deg. most of the day too. It has been quite the winter, hasn't it.
    Hope you are doing well. Hugs, Cindy

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  36. Good grief, that will be a muddy mess when it all melts!

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  37. Awesome pictures of the birds. What camera and lens did you use? I'm sure I've asked you this before but I'll be darned if I remember.
    I'm telling you Mother Nature is off her meds. LOL

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