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Silent Sunday – At the Feeder
This entry was posted in Field Notes, My Photos and tagged american goldfinch, bird feeders, pine siskin, Silent Sunday, snowstorm. Bookmark the permalink.
How grateful the birds must be for your feeders!
Winters can be so cold and harsh for them. I’d like to think we are giving them a fighting chance.
I love this photo so much!
Thank you, Bridgette, glad to hear it!
I have similar feeding devices on my clothesline. And pine siskins as well. We see the goldfinches only at migration time for brief periods.
Hope this is your last blast of snow!
Thanks, Audrey, time will tell. March is full of surprises!
I guess they are really glad to find this feeder. Looks like they are cleaning it out!
Yes, they are hefty eaters, esp. when it is cold and snowy. 🙂
Looks like our feeders in bad weather!
Yes, storms really drum up business! 😉
🙂 Thanks, Cindy! It was quite the feeding frenzy!
Super image, love the fuzziness and the falling snow.
Thank you, Denzil, it was quite blizzard-y!
I bought a feeder and the rooks flew off with it!
Oh, no! What pests!
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We’ve a double shepherd’s hook feeder also. I put two sections of 8″ stove pipe around the pole and a dome on top of them. No squirrel can shinny up that. 🙂 I used to add a pepper mix to the seed that supposedly the squirrels hated but apparently ours had just moved up from the southwest. 🙂 When filling the tube I got a blast of it in my face for my trouble. 🙂
Lovely gathering of goldfinches in the snow, Eliza.
P.S. I’ve heard that the warm weather brought some bears out.
Yes, a friend on the other side of town had all her feeders trashed, alas. They are out and about!
Thank you, Steve! Those squirrels can be rather persistently pesky!
This is an amazing capture, Eliza… Thank you for posting it!
Thank you kindly, Anita and for sharing it! ❤
You’re welcome, Eliza…
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Thank you, Debra!
Eliza…I can only imagine the sounds…the finches, in large numbers, always sound like giggling angels to me.
I love that description, Carrie.
🙂 Nice thought, Carrie. I’ll carry that one with me. ❤
I see some of your male goldfinches are getting their summer color. We’ve had a lot of these mixed flocks this winter too. Watching their activity always cheers me up.
They keep us halfway sane! (The other half is up to us.) 😉
Smorgasbord! Love the header shot too.
Thank you, Judy. I love sugaring season, even with the mud!
Birds’ & humans’ happiness is full feeders!
You beautifully captured the cold, the wind, and the movement of the birds. ♥♥♥
Thank you, Robin. What a blustery day it was!
Stay warm and well fed, little ones! 💙
They have a generous buffet here! 🙂
That is a packed feeder Eliza – looking cold there
Yes, the vagaries of March. 15C and sunny one day, and -10C and blowing snow the next!
That is a big difference. We haven’t got to 15 here yet this spring
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Those are hungry birds. I did not have a single goldfinch this winter. Last year I spent a fortune on food for them.
Gosh, I hope they were at other feeders and not lost to us. Mine seem to come and go, with November and March being the busiest. I often wonder where they go in between?
I think they just end up where they end up. The man at the bird store said it was normal not to see them for years and then have an entire flock other years. Other birds like my hummingbird remember where the feeders are and come back.
Clearly, ‘someone’ needed to get out and refill that square feeder! It’s a wonderful image, with a perfect balance of birds and snow.
Thank you, Linda. These guys can, on some days, go through a whole suet cake in a day! 🙂
The squirrels sent my bird feeder to the ground, and broke it. I have a new one now, but it seems the squirrels have found a way to defeat the squirrel-proof mechanism by pulling the feeder closer to them.
Dratted squirrels, they are simply too clever!
Wow! So much action! Birds, blizzard! Love this. 🙂
Thank you, Dale… definitely a feeding frenzy!
Hi Eliza. Well captured, so much movement.
Great capture of our feathered friends. ❄️ We had snow yesterday too—hoping that’s the last of it! ☀️🙂🥰
Time will tell! Thanks, Susan. 🙂
Looks similar to the feeding frenzies we’ve had here during recent snowstorms. There were so many the other day they were going crazy, some bumping into the windows. I had to open the door to scare some away for a bit. I think a neighbors feeder must have gone empty … it was like ‘The Birds’!
Ha, I’d have loved to see a video of that. I think there is migration even amongst overwintering birds as we see more goldfinches in early and late winter here, which would indicate that they are somewhat nomadic in their winter range. Birds are so interesting!
This makes me laugh for some reason. Their tenacity!!! Even in weather like that! I love it…
Thanks, Merilee! The colder it is, the more intense the feeding frenzy. Their survival is at stake!
Is that snowstorm now?! Wow! The photo is fabulous! Like a winter painting.
Thank you, Maria! We’ve been seeing more birds lately and twice this week we had storms like this. Crazy March weather. 🙂
That is crazy!
Yes, there has been a storm of birds to go with these late snow storms!
This morning, I could hardly do the dishes because I was so absorbed with watching the storm of birds in our backyard.
I like all of your photos-but this one is my favorite!
Thank you, Michele, glad you do! 🙂
I love the way goldfinch flocks sound this time of year. I can always find them just by listening to their chorus.
Chittering away so cheerfully! 🙂
Poor birdies must be freezing — but at least they’re not starving. Thank you for feeding them, Eliza!
Thank you, I do believe it is they that feed me. 🙂
What a lovely, gracious way of looking at it!
I can’t say I’ve even seen the birds here dining during rain, much less conditions like that. I hope warmer days are ahead for everyone’s sake!
These guys have no choice, they have to keep fueled up. The windchill last night was brutal, I don’t know how they survive, but they were at it again this morning. Hardy souls! At least the sun was bright, though still cold, it helped melt the driveway. Warmer tomorrow!
Winter, perfectly captured. 🙂
It is such delightful entertainment to watch birds being so active at feeders during snowfall! I tell them, keep moving, keep eating! 🙂 Amazing how they survive the extremes.
Their activity gets me through winter. They are pretty resilient, but I imagine the cold gets a fair amount of them, which the scavengers then pick up.
No matter what the weather, you still have to eat ⛄️⛈
Yes, indeed! 🙂
Your feeders are quite the draw on a stormy day!
They sure are, lately there have been dozens of finches!
Golly, they look desperate! Love the light and colours in this shot. 🙂
Thank you, Allison, they sure do seem hungrier in bad weather!
Love the snowy bird parties and the photo!🙂
That picture sure captures the feel of winter.
Thanks, Steve. Blustery and cold!
What a lovely photo Eliza. Watching and nurturing the wildlife is so rewarding. 😃
Indeed, it is…helps me through the long winter. Thanks, Cathy!
Your lovely photo really does bring home to me how hard surviving such cold winters must be. Even with the assistance of bird feeders those little birds have to be so resilient to survive!
They do indeed. A chickadee (similar to coal tits in the UK in size and kinship), can lose up to 25% of their body weight in a single night. They need to eat a lot every day to stay alive. While they managed for eons without our feeding them, our taking up valuable habitat makes me think I could at least give them a hand in their survival. Besides, it is a joy to see their activity on a dreary winter day. 🙂
Yes, given the general sad decline in the numbers of songbirds it makes sense to supplement their feeding especially in the harsh months of winter. How incredible that they can lose so much body mass in such a short time.
We can get nights as low as -30C that last up to 15 hours long in Jan. It is not unusual to have up to a week of days like that. Some birds will roost together for warmth, but heat generation can burn a lot of calories. It is a tough life in the wild in winter. Many animals succumb to cold or starvation.
Interestingly, I read that our Turkey Vultures time their spring migration north to follow the snowmelt, which uncovers and reveals the frozen carcasses. Clean up crew at work! Nothing is wasted in nature. 🙂
Those temperatures are hard to imagine – especially from where I live. One of the coldest areas in SA I discovered after visiting there recently gets as low as -18C for about 2 weeks in winter, which hardly compares! Where I live it almost never even gets to zero. It is incredible that tiny creatures such as birds can survive the low temps that you describe.
How interesting about the Turkey Vultures timing their migration so they can feed on the thawing carcasses.
Brave little birds out in a blizzard.
They certainly are, it’s a matter of survival!
Goodness, they need that food in that weather – i’s a great photo!
Many thanks, Andrea!
Fabulous capture of this feeding frenzy, Eliza. Brrr…and thankful for you and your feeder.
Thank you, Jane. I’m hoping those blustery storms are behind us now, it’s looking hopeful out there!
WOW! This is spectacular.
Thank you, Alys!