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Finches having a hay-day!

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They are enjoying my sunflowers and finding small rocks for there gullets!

Mostly house finches, but some gold finches also, usually all the gold finches have gone south by this time of year and I also usually find only a few dead ones that died of the cold weather, so I am thankful for the slow change to fall/winter weather around here, and pray they will all leave by the time extreme temps arrive!

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I'm waiting on the

I'm waiting on the goldfinches now, should be here soon if not already and I just haven't had the chance to see one. My son in Asheville saw a purple finch yesterday. I think I'll go hang out the thistle feeder right now...

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Good Idea!

:):EXMARK:

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Good Idea!

:):EXMARK:

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I woke up to snow Thursday,

and Friday the House Finches were looking for food at my feeders, so I put the last of the birdseed out, and am hoping the stores will have more seed on sale soon :exmark:

They had lots of good sales last spring and I'm just now watching them eat up the last of that as there were plenty of grasshoppers and grass seed for them, but I'm sure they will appreciate some nice fresh stuff. :)

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Goldfinches have been here a

Goldfinches have been here a while along with the Pine Warblers. They are all so pretty. 2 weeks ago we got some snow(rare around here) and the Cardinals, Finches, Carolina Wrens, Junco's were all so striking against the snow. It was such a treat for us! The snow that is...of course the birds too!

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Agree

Hi 'Lane!

You have a nice group of birds there, wow. Must be an *aaahhh* moment and all the chirping gets pretty musical!

I'll have to look up pine warblers, don't know if I've seen those. I tried getting goldfinches in -- I've seen them chasing the cardinal -- but I think the feeder was too close to the other feeders.

I dutifully scare off the starlings to make room for the others. I finally figured out (duh!) if I just put seed on the ground for the smaller birds and wait until the starlings and squirrels decide to move on, then we're in the clear most of the afternoon. At least when it's snowing the squirrels are hunkered down in their nests (probably dreaming up new attack strategies).

No purple finches this year, odd, but the titmouses, chickadees, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers, cardinals and jays are all here. Sometimes I'll stand about 2 feet away from the feeders after filling and those chickadees are just fearless and fly right in, give me a glance and go to town.

I tried to get a great shot of the male cardinal but by the time I ran for the camera he'd moved!

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It was really nice that snowy

It was really nice that snowy day, the birds were so active all day at the feeders. However that same day the Red-Winged blackbirds and grackles found our feeders and have become just a problem since. They can flat wipe out the seed in a matter of hours. Not only that my other birds can't even get in to eat. I complained to my "birding" son and his answer...well they are birds too. I know, I know but still aggravating. I have found tho by putting seed out on the platform feeder they will at least stay off the hanging feeders, that is until they have polished off what's there...then to the hanging feeders they go! Had a surprise yesterday as we drove up the driveway, we were treated to a fairly large Pileated Woodpecker on the suet. They've become quite elusive these last several months, not sure if they've found other feeders or what. But my, that is one prehistoric looking bird...lol. My favorites are the blue birds and the Carolina Wren. Those little Carolina wrens are so cute with their upright tails.. oh well enough said I reckon...lol

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WOW, Pileated Woodpecker?

So lucky you are! They're very shy, I've only seen one pair from the back as they were flying off.

Up on the mountain I always saw a flock of bluebirds, they must like the old woods up there. I've yet to see they down in the valley here.

I noticed that if I don't hang the feeders but do a spread on the railing and ground that even the downy woodpecker and nuthatches will get their share, while the starlings either don't show or give up.

My favorite is still the nuthatch.

HAPPY BIRDING!!

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Ahh the little nuthatch, I've

Ahh the little nuthatch, I've only seen one in my yard going down a large pine tree. I think it was a brown headed one? The Carolina wren reminds me of the nuthatch though, I think it's because of the way they hold their tail...lol. I forgot to mention the white throated sparrows and we have had some with really white beards, they are neat as well. The Juncos, sparrows and the Carolina Wrens don't mind getting the leftovers on the ground and as a matter of fact, they have pushed the mulch away from one of my lantana plants. It's been a lot colder this month - so I hope I haven't lost it. Spring will tell the tale.

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Nuthatches ...

... have black caps that are more like a streak going back to their wings ... the white-breasted ones. If you have a brown-headed one, it looks completely different.

Oo Oo! I see that the territory for the carolina wren DOES extend this far north! I will keep an eye out then.

WE'RE HAVIN' A HEAT WAVE!! Except for a few sparrows and juncos, everybody else is not here.

I sometimes forget that there are lots of types of sparrows, and I see the white-throated as well as chipping and song.

Another reason to slow down and look ;)

Good luck with the lantanas, hope they made it!

Only 42 Days Until Spring.

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We're finally warming up here

We're finally warming up here as well, yesterday got up to 67! Was nice, now I have spring planting fever. Birds were out in force yesterday, had a pr of bluebirds check out one of my houses. It may be the same pair that nested twice last year. Haven't seen the Pileated since I posted here last. I can hear them calling to one another behind us, so they are around. Now only 28 days til spring?

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Nice To Hear!

We had some nice weather last week (today it's 34 with 5" of heavy snow overnight) *sigh*

Go Figure Dept.: I grabbed a bag of bird seed for finches, what the heck, I'll get the regular stuff at Home Depot later. I'd been wondering why I hadn't seen the purple finches AT ALL this season. So this morning I had one sip of tea then I was out feeding the birds. So what shows up? The purple finch! Too funny!!

Go Spring FEVER!!!!

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The thermometer is still on a,

roller-coaster here, down around 0 F for the third night in a row.

Also my house finches haven't returned yet for the sign that the worst of winter is over!

They never did eat the birdseed I put out in the feeders just before they left, and the sunflower head I hung in a tree just stayed there undisturbed!

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"It Ain't Over ... "

You know that Yogi-ism I'm sure. There's still 2 or 3 storms forecasted for the east coast. *sigh* Hopefully they will be small ones.

I'm going to start spring cleaning anyway, wash up all the curtains and throw blankets and throw rugs and throw cushions ... throw 'em outside for a clean sweep of AIR!

At least you'll have food ready for the finches when they return ... soon I hope.

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Shouldn't be long now!

New storm moving in as we speak!

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