Finches on the Thistle

August 27, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The flowers in the Island of Thistley are going to seed and Atticus Finch, et al, are feeding on them regularly.

There are still a few flowers attracting butterflies, moths and hummingbirds. The male hummingbirds have found the flowers, but I haven't gotten a picture yet. The highest count for monarch butterflies in the patch is 14. Here's one sharing a thistle with a ladybug.

Monarch butterflyMonarch butterflyMonarch butterfly and ladybug on thistle, West Newbury, Vermont

It was goldfinches that I'd hope to attract when I left the thistle. Now that about a third of the flowers have passed, the finches - Atticus and Scout - have arrived en mass. There's a nyjer seed sock a few feet from the thistle. Between the two, we have a couple dozen goldfinches coming and going. (Their feeder is right next to the hummingbird feeder, things can get kinda hectic at meal time.)

Wise finches take a moment to look over the buffet before diving in.

American goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistle, West Newbury, Vermont

 

American goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistle, West Newbury, Vermont

Once the tastiest looking seeds are identified, the next challenge is to get into position without getting pricked.

American goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistle, West Newbury, Vermont

Once properly positioned, one can dig in!

American goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistle, West Newbury, Vermont
American goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistle, West Newbury, Vermont


American goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistle, West Newbury, Vermont

American goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistle, West Newbury, Vermont

American goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistleAmerican goldfinch feeding on thistle, West Newbury, Vermont


American goldfinch on thistleAmerican goldfinch on thistleAmerican goldfinch on thistle, West Newbury, Vermont

 


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