Saturday, April 12, 2008

I'm starting my diet tomorrow

This aerodynamically challenged goldfinch has been hanging around the dinner table a bit too long. He can fly barely, but mostly has to hop where he wants to go. Plus he is molting into his new spring wardrobe, and if anyone needed a makeover it is he.

Could it be his environment to blame?
Since you are also looking at the sunflower seeds, let me tell you that we have many newly sprouted sunflowers, EVERYWHERE, thanks to birds carrying them away in doggie bags.

I have never grown sunflowers before, but there is always a first time. I love an enthusiastic seedling.


  1. Anonymous8:03 AM

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  2. If you figure out how to get the sunflowers to grow tall without falling over, let me know.

  3. I grow them every year....both ones I have planted and the ones the birds have.

    And that is one VERY fat finch!!


  4. Wow! That is one big mama! Poor thing. I know how she feels... although the scale says I didn't gain any weight on vacation... I should have.

  5. Oh too funny! What a cute little pudgy finch (I'm trying to be nice here!)LOL

  6. Anonymous8:49 PM

    So am I the only one who sees a dragon/dinosaur head with a bird in its mouth?

  7. The poor pudgy little Goldfinch is likely sick, maybe he ran into a window which is why his feathers on his head are all mussed up. Your place is so much like mine here in Oregon, similar birds and plants. We've got those tiny yellow violets too, so sweet.

  8. I grow sunflowers every year or at least try to. I grow the really tall ones but I have to put posts in the ground & use wires to hold them up. Then if I can catch them before the chipmunks get to them, I bring them inside & dry them to eat the seeds. But is is fun watching the chipmunks carry off the seeds. I had one that was about a food across that it took the chipmunk all of 30 mins to totally take off & hide, seed by seed!

  9. You were worried about bees for your pollination -- bees love sunflowers. So let those sunflowers grow.

  10. Elaine Cooke11:35 PM

    Sure love those gold finches.


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