Monday, November 18, 2013

Garden Guest: Goldfinch

The north side of our front yard is a certified  National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat.  Really!  We have a certificate!  You can do the same by providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young.  It is so much fun to see all of the critters that stop by for a visit.  I've begun a new series of posts to show you our Garden Guests. 

If you would like to see more, check my Gardening Page!

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This handsome fellow is a male goldfinch.  You can see he is eating black oil sunflowers from a tube feeder, but these tiny birds also love thistle feeders.  Their favorite option though is grazing through the flower beds.  Fading purple coneflowers (Echinacea) have tons of seeds for the goldfinches to nibble.  Remember, the key to habitat gardening is adding native plants to your landscape!

And now for some blogging music.  My Handsome Husband has been singing this to me lately.

Crash my Party by Luke Bryan


Bless his heart!  In the past 28 years, I've crashed and wrecked all kinds of stuff!

;-)  -Marci






11 comments:

  1. Great picture and closeup of this finch. I love all the beautiful animals and greenery you have at your home.

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  2. That is a fabulous picture! I love goldfinches and purple ones too! Our finches are fading fast. I always love that first flash of color when they brighten up in the spring!

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  3. Thx for sharing on Creative Home and Garden hop. Nice photo of the goldfinch, and thank you so much for advising people to plant native plants in their gardens! Funny you mentioned purple coneflower seeds, as I just wrote a post on the importance of leaving seed heads for birds, and mentioned that plant as a great one for finches. Check it out here if interested: http://ouroneacrefarm.com/leave-seed-heads-wildlife/

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  4. As a fellow bird lover ( and photographer of them when I get the chance ) I love your sweet little finch photo! :)

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  5. The bird feeder outside my kitchen window brings many sweet-faced birds to my yard. I love watching them all, but you're right, the bright flash of a goldfinch adds a delightful splash of color. Mine prefer the sunflowers to thistle.

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  6. We have a bird feeder outside our family room and we gets lots of birds. Love watching them. You have a great picture of the finch. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Tuesday With a Twist Blog Hop.

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  7. Sweet! I love that song :) He has good taste for sure! Thanks for linking to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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  8. Oh I love these little birds! They make the cutest sounds!

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  9. I love goldfinches AND Luke Bryan!

    Thanks for stopping by *Mostly* Homemade Mondays last week and sharing with us. Hope to see you again tomorrow. :)

    Jess
    www.scratchmommy.com

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  10. Hi Marci,
    That is a beautiful bird. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. We love having your join the fun.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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