Sunday, January 2, 2011

Winter Goldfinch

The temperature is below zero and everything is frozen except - Goldfinches fighting over my nyjer socks.  They need a traffic controller, but it is too cold.  Here they fight over position at the breakfast table.


Fighting over a tiny seed is common.


Others fly in to join the feeding frenzy.


Mid air battles resemble the dog-fights of World War II.


After most of the American Goldfinch leaves, a lone one is joined by a Lesser Goldfinch.  Lessers are very uncommon to Rexburg.  But I have had about six hanging around the last week.


Just another wild day in Idaho to celebrate.

61 comments:

forestal said...

nice captures - i have not had many this year, usually a bunch.

Kyle said...

Nice pics and post, Bill. Goldfinches are one fairly common bird that I just don't get to see down here in Texas. Had to go to Colorado to get my first one last summer. Thanks for the visit and the comments. Happy New Year!

Jo said...

I'm always amazed at house violently birds can fight. Good photos, Bill. Happy New Year to you. Greetings from Jo

Gaelyn said...

Great captures of survival of the fittest.

Phil said...

I love your goldfinch shots Bill. If it's any consolation our European Goldfinch squabble just the same and the only answer is to put up more feeders and let them all have a go.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A world of adventure right outside your window!!

When we owned our stick house we used to have one feeder sock with niger seed and several with black-oil sunflower. Brought two different kinds of birds. (One thing I miss about our Oregon house.)

Thanks for sharing the pix.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Oh Bill I love breakfast tables like this. Crowded and full of fun...exept for the fights...but hey that's life, like my boys do somedays (sigh) but even those moments are golden ones.
Hugs D.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Had to giggle at your fighting like dogs...very delightful images with a very delightful story line. I watched two male cardinals flying upward beak to beak the other day, over just one seed, and there was 5 gallons of seed in the feeders...;)

Monts said...

Lovely post Bill.
Happy New Year to you and yours

Grayquill said...

The gold finch is our state bird but ours look different. As a kid I would see them all the time but now I rarely see them. I have wondered what happened to them.

Janie said...

Beautiful photos of these pretty birds. We're seeing some around here, too, but I haven't gotten any photos.

Lynn Scott said...

Went thru the blog today. Love the bird photos. I liked the Owls the best. I still need to get some shots of an owl. Happy Shooting :)

troutbirder said...

WW II? Another history teacher for sure! I started using those socks this year. What an improvement. Now I have regular air fleets of the little Gelb Messerschmidts. :)

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