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Goldfinch Gab

By rita

The second year we lived here, we hung a small tube-shaped bird feeder filled with finch seed. The next day, a burst of color arrived with a flock of 15 Goldfinches. I was immediately entranced by the magnificence of their entrance into our back yard. Their brillant yellow color and black wings created a feast for the eyes fit for any budding artist. Soon we realized their appetites far exceeded our feeder capacity, and we purchased an extra-large sized feeder that held about 10 pounds of seeds. We're now on our third giant feeder and never tire of watching these canary colored harbingers of spring. After receiving a bird book as a gift, we've learned that many other birds frequent our feeder as well as the suet cakes we hang from the gutter of our house. Each morning as I eat breakfast and gaze out my bay window, I marvel at our variety including Cardinals, Tufted Titmouse, 4 kinds of Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Indigo Buntings, Blue Jays, House Finches, Cowbirds, and this past week a visiting pair of Grosbeak, who come for only a short time each spring. In our small corner of heaven, we are blessed by our singing friends who welcome us and our guesthouse clients each morning with a melody to greet the day.