The past week we had a teaser two days samples of Spring, on which we had sunshine and semi-warm days (Low 60º F). The sudden new energy of seeing bright and warmer days worked on me, also, was inviting for my avian friends. Those sunny days inspired me to sit behind my camera and wait for birds to appear…my plan paid off! I had the opportunity to shoot photos of a variety of birds. (See photo gallery)
I set my birds up, cleaned their feeders and filled them with plenty of seeds and water, then little by little the birds showed up! That was really rewarding.
Today is a different story whatsoever, it is raining buckets! At 8:00 am we got phone alert message from Tyler’s School saying that all children in School were being moved to a shelter because of high winds and possibilities of tornados.
We’ve had thunders and heavy rain so far. I hope we never get to see a tornado in our area.
The American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) is a small North American bird in the finch family. It is migratory, ranging from mid-Alberta to North Carolina during the breeding season, and from just south of the Canada–United States border to Mexico during the winter.
The only finch in its subfamily to undergo a complete molt, the American goldfinch displays sexual dimorphism in its coloration; the male is a vibrant yellow in the summer and an olive color during the winter, while the female is a dull yellow-brown shade which brightens only slightly during the summer. The male displays brightly colored plumage during the breeding season to attract a mate.
The American goldfinch is a granivore and adapted for the consumption of seedheads, with a conical beak to remove the seeds and agile feet to grip the stems of seedheads while feeding. It is a social bird, and will gather in large flocks while feeding and migrating. It may behave territorially during nest construction, but this aggression is short-lived. Its breeding season is tied to the peak of food supply, beginning in late July, which is relatively late in the year for a finch. This species is generally monogamous, and produces one brood each year.
Human activity has generally benefited the American goldfinch. It is often found in residential areas, attracted to bird feeders which increase its survival rate in these areas. Deforestation also creates open meadow areas which are its preferred habitat.
While the SouthWest of USA is getting weather temperatures into the 100’s degrees, we are in the SouthEast getting rain every day! Some of the States like Mississippi and Alabama are also getting hit by strong storms and tornados causing extensive damage.
Having rainy days is more difficult for birds to get their meals. If there’s a break from rain from time to time, I take the opportunity to refill their feeders and pray that it doesn’t rain back too soon… Otherwise, the rain washes out everything and spoils all the seeds. It’s a waste of feed.
I have plenty of photos shot before the rain started… in fact, here are some of them for you. Enjoy!