Staying Behind

We always have Goldfinches stopping by in the winter. This winter the area hosted many flocks of the little birds. When they are visiting here, the Goldfinches are a drab olive green. The large flock that was in my yard eating through many bags of expensive Nyjer seed are long gone.

For some reason this fellow has stayed behind. I have watched him change his feathers to the bright yellow summer color, which we never get to see here. I thought maybe there was a female around, but I haven’t seen that bird recently. It will be interesting to see how long the male Goldfinch stays here all alone.


16 Comments on “Staying Behind”

  1. shoreacres says:

    Every year there’s at least one and sometimes a few more coots who stay behind when the rest of the birds migrate north. I know hummingbirds sometimes hang around, too. It’s great that you have a truly gold goldfinch; I’ve never seen one of the pretty ones down here.

    • I think sometimes the birds are not healthy, but he seems well. I had a Pine Siskin die under the bird feeder, but it did not look well. Many birds are migrating through and maybe he will join a flock.

  2. pbmgarden says:

    We have some of his friends visiting here too. They’re fun little birds.

  3. Pretty, I see those very rarely…didn’t know they changed colors, so interesting…

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    It is interesting when wildlife does something unexpected. We have goldfinches year round, but individual flocks seem nomadic, as they come and go, wiping out the food supply and finding another feeder at a neighbor’s. Because of bears, we don’t use bird feeders in spring/summer, so have to be content with spotting the golden males in the trees around the yard. Their twittering is often heard in the canopy.

  5. Deb says:

    Pretty fella! They are here just for winter as well! I mix their seed with black sunflower seed. They don’t mind and it helps with the cost.

  6. carol says:

    I’m in NW Florida and with all the bad weather last week, goldfinches suddenly appeared in my bottlebrushes. They are still here but will be leaving as soon as the blooms fade, I’m sure. I had one lone Rosebreasted Grosbeck who showed up to eat at my feeder about the same time. He never missed a meal but once the weather cleared Sunday morning, he didn’t show up for breakfast. He’s moved on but what a treat!

  7. shoreacres says:

    I only got a glimpse, but I saw an Indigo Bunting at noon today. It was just this time last year when I saw one, and those sightings were around noontime, too. I’ve yet to get a decent photo, but it sure was fun to see that flash of blue.


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