19 thoughts on “Goldfinch collection

  1. spiceandmore

    Wow snow? It has been so hot here today – perfect sunny day…so it is rather strange to see your photo of snow.
    Glad to see that the birds are totally pampered at your place too (as well at Zeb with his advent calendar!!). I sent my dog out of the room before he could look at any of those photos! :)

  2. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    It’s about survivial for these little birds; there are more wild birds in town gardens at this time of year than in the ‘countryside’ apparently. Monoculture, destruction of hedgerows and loss of habitat amongst other factors means that we townies with our garden shrubs and hedges and feeding stations can make the difference between life and death. You will see birds wherever there is shelter and a food source at this time of year; whether it is nested on an unused chimney (hot air rising from the house below) or the eaves of a supermarket. We are honoured that they choose to come to us.

  3. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    Thanks all – goldfinches are very photogenic and they sit for long enough to get a photo or two. (Brian’s pic of course – my bread camera doesn’t take such long shots!)

    Brydie if one of your local kookaburras turned up here, the crowds would be worse than a royal wedding!

      1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

        Wow! Those are just fabulous Brydie! Lulu (Zeb’s sister) just rushed into the room and has been searching high and low for those birds. She has now left the room and is mournfully squeaking her old honking pig toy and wondering why it doesn’t sound like the Koel. Those bird noises would make a great range of dog toy squeakers. I am sure we must have equivalent sound files for our British birds. Hang on….. here we go… male goldfinch song

        1. cityhippyfarmgirl

          Monkey Boy came out looking very confused, wondering what the noise was and where it was coming from :-)
          …they would make good dog toy squeakers, might be a gap in the market there… Or would that just encourage dogs to attack more birds?…

          1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

            Poodles were originally ‘duck dogs’ used to retrieve duck which had been shot by hunters, but unlike terriers and lurchers they don’t have a particularly strong kill instinct. They have squeaky toys that sound like ducks, pigs, a Father Christmas, a cow and others. As they get older they chase birds less and have learnt to leave the bees alone. Frogs they find very exciting. Mine have never caught/killed anything yet, though as all dogs are 97% wolf, I can’t say it will never happen. Is it a problem in Australia? Dogs attacking birds?

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      His photo. Low light, no sun, through kitchen window, bird feeder down the other end of the garden. I’ll tell him you said so, he’ll be pleased!

  4. jan trounce

    That’s just such a beautiful picture – nature’s Christmas tree! They’re such pretty, fragile little things and clearly not to be taken for granted.

  5. drfugawe

    We must have a different kind of goldfinch here in Oregon (state bird, BTW) – ours does not share the pretty black and white head markings, or the yellow band in the wings – but that makes the summer transformation all the more dramatic! A magnificent bird.

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