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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Today's Flowers: Coneflower seeds attracting goldfinches

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I took these shots yesterday at the park but when the flash of yellow zoomed in I knew what it was because this phenomenon is happening at my garden too.

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This time of year when the purple coneflower (echanasia) and blackeyed susan (rudbeckia) go to seed the goldfinch descend for a feast.

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It can be confusing because from a distance the goldfinch look like the flowers and aren't much bigger than the flowers.

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28 comments:

Ebie said...

Hello, Carver, this is an interesting post. I love how you incorporate the finches, and yeah with its color, they can be mistaken for flowers.

totomai said...

the finches make it more interesting :-)

jabblog said...

We used to have a lot of goldfinches visiting so I'm really envious of you . . . ;-)

Lovely photos!

Naturegirl said...

It amazes me how all the seeds are pecked away by our visiting birds! I would LOVE to have a field of these flowers but am satisfied with a little corner in my garden!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Yep, coneflowers are irresistible to goldfinches and monarch butterflies in my neighbourhood. That'e one reason I love Echinaceas. ;-) But I didn't realize they like black-eyed Susans too. How cool is that!

i beati said...

how very lovely you little propagators you sandy

Pat - Arkansas said...

How cool! I love gold finches, and if I thought I could attract them like this, I'd have a yard full of cone flowers and black eyed susans. Generally, though, we see the birds only in the spring, as they are passing through to cooler climates.

Loved your photos! Thanks for sharing.

guild-rez said...

Great pictures..
I leave the coneflower seed for the birds as well and watch the birds pecking;)

Tammie Lee said...

That is a lot of flowers and the gold finches are beautiful to see.
Spirithelpers

Marju said...

I do not know the flowers, but are beautiful!

Prospero said...

I thought the flowers were nice - then I saw the pretty goldfinches...
there's some real competition for who's the prettiest.

Arija said...

What a wonderful bonus you captutrd! Your Goldfinches are such a spectacular colour and, as you say, blend in so well amongst the meadow flowers. Such lovely late summer shots.

Carletta said...

My coneflowers aren't quite this far along and I didn't realize the goldfinch ate the seeds. Gives me something to watch for.
Nice shots Carver!

Bengbeng said...

was just thinking the flowers look so plastic being so colorful against the backdrop of untrimmed grass n leaves... looks so beautiful n out of place but trim them n leave them in an arrangement they will look so wonderful

Anonymous said...

As always, Carver, your photos give me a lift. I especially enjoyed the first "low" picture posted below. It made me feel I, too, was travelling that road. I think that is what good photography is all about!!

Speaking of Boone, my daughter has some original work from a Boone artisan named Diane Allison. She makes fabulous gameboards and has a great blog, too. She often posts lovely pics of the NC mts.

Well, keep on with your great work.

Janet
JMart

prinsesamusang said...

very earthy look on the flowers. i have not seen those for real though but they are sure pretty as always carver.

Nicole said...

Those are beautiful.
You make them look so vivid, I can almost smell them :)

Denise said...

I enjoyed this post so much, not only for your photos of the flowers but of the Goldfinches. Thanks so much for sharing. I would also like to thank you for your visit and for leaving such nice comments on my blog. Have a great week.

Daryl said...

Good captures, at first I didnt see the bird for the flowers

Rambling Woods said...

I love to see those little guys come to mine. I have several baby goldfinch crying for food from their parents near the thistle feeders.. Cute.... Michelle

napaboaniya said...

Lovely how much the seeds attract the goldfinches :)

Hope your computer is fixed :)

nonizamboni said...

Wonderful capture! And don't you love the goldfinches song? Very nicely done.

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello dear Carver!
Nice to see you blogging without computer problems now! ;)
I hope everything is okay now!
Cool post!
Léia

Ascender Rises Above said...

oh how cool is that. the gold finch is the iowa state bird so i remember studying it in elementary school. been so long since i have seen one. i pretty much only get the screamer jay and an occassional hummingbird.

Bim said...

Love this - if I saw it in my garden I would surely think the blossoms are hopping about :)

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Carver
Wonderful series of beautiful flowers!
Thanks for posting.

Luiz

Dora said...

Birdie is well camouflaged!

Ayie said...

there, i see i see! with a bright and striking color!