Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Purple is the new Red

So...I put up two new bird feeders outside my office window, one yesterday and one today. Yesterday's feeder was filled with finch food because I had seen two goldfinch on the other side of the building last week. Mind you, I've never seen goldfinch on our property before this. So, I thought I'd see if I could entice them to the other side. Within minutes of putting out the finch food, I had my first purple finch, but no golds came.

Today, I put up another feeder, and almost before I could get out of the way, dozens of purple finches were swarming both feeders. By afternoon, there was also a pair of gold finch! Also, about 1/2 a dozen red winged blackbirds came to feed. Again, I've never seen them on this side of the building. We have a swamp on the other side of the building and across the parking lot, and I see them there all the time. But never on this side until today.

All this bird activity has been so much fun! And the baby cardinal visited again and came right to my window and was peering in at my office, very curious about what was happening on the other side of the window =)


Shelby said...

I put up some bird feeders last year.. it is fun to watch the birds.

Sunny said...

Wow, I've never seen a purple finch. Didn't even know they existed. Your fun new birding hobby is great for me. Keep keeping us posted. We love it.

inlandempiregirl said...

I never get tired of bird feeder pictures. I love these! Either it is too hot here or the birds don't like our feed. We aren't seeing too many.