Tag: American goldfinch

American goldfinch: common bird with unique characteristics

American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis). Do you see 3 birds in the photo above? A darker-colored female American goldfinch to the far left isn’t easy to spot. A yellow male goldfinch is center left. I suspect that I saw only this bird as I snapped… Continue Reading “American goldfinch: common bird with unique characteristics”

A new garden plan for Fortex green pole beans

Pole bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Fortex green pole beans have been my favorite green bean for many years now. I’m not inclined to try bush beans (again) or to experiment with new varieties of pole beans. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the… Continue Reading “A new garden plan for Fortex green pole beans”

August dog days

August dog days. I wish I could say I spent major August time sitting in the shade reading novels. But I didn’t. Various projects imposed themselves upon me, taking me away from the garden and my blog. Dreadful. It has not been the best… Continue Reading “August dog days”

July jungle

July jungle. I started the month of July thinking how much the gardens had become a jungle. Particularly the old apple tree area, seen in the photos above, which was fast getting overrun with weeds. Just to be clear, the sunflowers and the bee… Continue Reading “July jungle”

American goldfinch and sunflowers in July

American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis). This is exciting. I was taking photos of peppers when an American goldfinch flew over to a Maximilian sunflower in the old apple tree area and started eating sunflower seeds right off a sunflower. I didn’t dare to move, so… Continue Reading “American goldfinch and sunflowers in July”

April blooms

April blooms. Here it is the last week of April. What a difference a month makes. As I wrote in the post March changes, I was in despair at the end of March thinking that the freezing temps and snow would never go away. Although… Continue Reading “April blooms”

American goldfinches at nyjer seedbag

American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis). In several previous bird posts, I have been pretty positive that black oil sunflower seed and suet were the only bird foods I needed to keep my feeder birds happy. Then, on an impulse the other day, I bought a… Continue Reading “American goldfinches at nyjer seedbag”

March changes

Look at this. The first week of March. We just had 6″ of snow on top of a foot of ice pack. The temp has been at zero most mornings. We had the third coldest February on record for this area. It seems that… Continue Reading “March changes”

American goldfinch in March

American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis). American goldfinches have not graced my feeders since January 14 when 1 stopped by for a brief time. Birds of New Jersey says they are partial migrators, traveling in small flocks of 20 or so. They will move far enough south… Continue Reading “American goldfinch in March”

American goldfinch

American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis). These photos were taken in January. Look at that. No snow. Birds of New Jersey reports that a small percentage of American goldfinches will stay in the area all winter, so I want to document that this one did show up… Continue Reading “American goldfinch”