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Title: Goldfinch invasion
Post by: Norm on May 07, 2012, 08:49:40 AM
It is our state bird but still I have never seen so many goldfinches in my life! Must be at least a hundred of them in my yard feasting on the dandelion seeds which are more than abundant this year too. The other thing we have tons of this year is butterflies, I was plowing next to a wooded area and there were thousands of them in there feeding on the wildflowers.

Anyone else noticed the numbers of birds and butterflies in their area?
Title: Re: Goldfinch invasion
Post by: Jeff on May 07, 2012, 08:57:09 AM
I love gold finches. We used to have them around mom and dad's call the time. Of course we always just called them canaries. Mom and Dad's was only about 30 miles south of here, but I have never saw one here.
Title: Re: Goldfinch invasion
Post by: Norm on May 07, 2012, 09:34:28 AM
The only bad thing is we have tons of big windows on our house and they run into them while chasing each other around.

(http://www.forestryforum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10427/IMG_1595.JPG)

This little guy was only stunned and flew away right after I took his picture.
Title: Re: Goldfinch invasion
Post by: Chuck White on May 07, 2012, 09:36:04 AM
We have a lot of Gold Finches in this area, year 'round!

In winter, they turn a shade of green!

They come to the bird feeder at the window!
Title: Re: Goldfinch invasion
Post by: LeeB on May 07, 2012, 10:02:04 AM
We have them year ropung too but there does sem to be more in the spring and summer. Very pretty bird and a pleasant song.
Title: Re: Goldfinch invasion
Post by: Burlkraft on May 07, 2012, 05:51:07 PM
We have very few so far this year. You must have them all Norm!

We usually have big flocks of them and this year we have a few but nothing like years past.

What we do have a lot of this year is cardinals and gross beaks.

Go figger?
Title: Re: Goldfinch invasion
Post by: Autocar on May 08, 2012, 10:51:59 AM
We have alot of them in west central Ohio its been a number of years ago but I pulled up on a old plank bridge and was watching minnows swimming in this little creek when all of a sudden a canarie swoops down and grabs a minnow right out of the water. It lands on a weed and worked that minnow around in its beak till the head was faseing in then down he went. A number of them tried grabbing other minnows but did not get any.