Monday, May 3, 2010

Lots of Goldfinches on the feeders



The Goldfinches have been all over the feeders the last week or so, and here are a couple of photos shot by my wife.
They are little hogs, eating out of the black sunflower seed feeder, off the thistle sock,and also out of a thistle seed feeder. I haven't seen any on the suet feeder, but Delaine says she has seen them on the nugget feeder, which is filled with peanut butter nuggets that are kind of like suet.
According to WhatBird.com:
The American Goldfinch's range is fairly large, reaching up to nearly 8 million square kilometers. It can be found in native areas such as Canada, Bahamas, Mexico and the United States. The population of the American Goldfinch is currently believed to be quite extensive, around 24 million individual birds. Due to the large size of this species' global population, the American Goldfinch has an evaluation of Least Concern. This is a downgrade from Lower Risk, which was the rating in 2000. There is not any concern that the population of the American Goldfinch will face immediate decline.

We almost lost one of them right here at the house one day last week. My wife was working at the computer where she heard a "whomp" against the deck window. She walked out on the deck and found a little Goldfinch lying on her back, apparently dead.
Delaine picked the little bird up, discovered it was still breathing and started rubbing it and talking to it.
The bird began to "come to" and stayed in Delaine's hand as she kept on stroking its back and talking to it. Eventually, she got the bird to open up its claws and grab onto a finger. She kept massaging the little bird and talking to it. It seemed to be listening to her, Delaine said.
The bird would not leave her hand, so Delaine finally walked around to the other side of the house where the birdfeeders are and set the little creature on a perch. It was then that the bird "took off like a rocket," Delaine said.
People ought to take a lesson from that little bird, Delaine said. "When you get the wind knocked out of you, just take a little time to recover and then get back up on your perch and take off like a rocket." To that I would add that if you know someone who has had the wind knocked out of him/her emotionally or spiritually, do like Delaine did to the bird and offer some comfort and support. OK, that's enough sermonizing for today.
My wife has a way with animals. Someday I'll tell you the story about the chicken that high-stepped across our deck.

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