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Here are a few of the latest around my house.

Hope the colors are not off.

Robert





male Goldfinch toward end of Summer







Black-capped Chickadee in young gray birch







male Goldfinch feeding fledgling



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Sep 01, 2014 at 02:20 AM
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I still can't tell it from a Carolina Chickadee. We have both here. This is a very nice picture.


Sep 01, 2014 at 02:23 AM
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Nor can I. thank you

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Sep 01, 2014 at 02:30 AM
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Nice set Robert.


Sep 01, 2014 at 03:32 AM
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KCollett wrote:
Nice set Robert.


Thank you Ken



Sep 01, 2014 at 10:19 AM
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Such a beautiful lovely set bs kite!
I never saw a baby goldfinch! He is oh so precious...
what a gem of a treasure you shared with us here
I thank you!
BeeBalm



Sep 01, 2014 at 12:16 PM
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The color looks pretty good to me #3 is a winner i have been trying for years to get that shot


Sep 01, 2014 at 12:42 PM
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Nice images Robert, I really like the third one.


Sep 01, 2014 at 02:08 PM
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Very beautiful pics.

- Tam



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Colors look good and details are clean and sharp
Socrate



Sep 01, 2014 at 03:52 PM
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Lovely shots Robert. Your Chickadee looks so much like our Coal Tit. Well done with these.
David



Sep 01, 2014 at 09:25 PM
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David Leask wrote:
Lovely shots Robert. Your Chickadee looks so much like our Coal Tit. Well done with these.
David


Boy, it sure does David. I just googled the Coal Tit.

Thanks




Sep 01, 2014 at 09:36 PM
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Shasoc wrote:
Colors look good and details are clean and sharp
Socrate


Thanks Socrate....I need to do a color check now and then.




Sep 01, 2014 at 09:37 PM
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canon.eos30d wrote:
Very beautiful pics.

- Tam


Thank you Tam




Sep 01, 2014 at 09:38 PM
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To BeeBalm, Michael and Natures Photo....

I noticed the babies only went through their begging routine for perhaps 3 days (2-4 days) here.

They began to leave Dad alone once they caught on to the bird feeder.

But up until that happens they are overzealous....and relentless. Dad will be feeding one and while its wings are flailing, its sibling will come barging in, and breaking up the two of them and then chase Dad off in pursuit of a feeding. When he perches, the fledgling frantically flies in and climbs all over him.....literally, driving him off again....as he tries to get away. It's really funny.

I plant sunflowers right next to the sunflower seed feeder and the bush that they perch on. It is all within 15 feet of my front window......and mostly closer. I think it was about mid to late August that the babies start to appear.....chasing Dad. They call and call and call, while flailing their wings. Once they stop calling, they have caught onto the self-feeding routine and he is free once again.....

At least that is what I saw here. So plant some sunflowers late next Spring close to your shooting window and maybe have a sunflower seed feeder there too. Also, there are some sunflowers that germinate from the feeder seed . I spot them in the Spring and mark them so that I do not mow over them.

I have been feeding them for about 4 years now.....not once letting the feeder become depleted of sunflower seeds. If and when I move away, I will have to make sure that a bird lover takes over my house. I have about 3 generations of American Goldfinches here. They are born here; they enjoy life here; they reproduce here.....and they die here. I would estimate that the entire extended family numbers about 20-30 birds.

I am in Portland, Maine. I know a man in Bangor who tells me that he has had them at his place all his life......about 130 miles north of Portland.......all year long.

One last thing....winter cover is crucial for the survival of any of these birds that decide to stay. that means thick coniferous bushes or trees. I have thick cedar and holly bushes. I am thinking about a few hemlocks.

It's a blast.

Thank you.



Sep 01, 2014 at 09:57 PM
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Very nice Robert. 2 and 3 stand out ~ Ron


Sep 02, 2014 at 12:35 AM
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Very nice Robert. 2 and 3 stand out ~ Ron


Sep 02, 2014 at 12:36 AM
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surfnron wrote:
Very nice Robert. 2 and 3 stand out ~ Ron


Thank you Ron.

Among the small birds, I think those chickadees are some of the hardest little buggers to get a good shot of. If it isn't too dark around the head, it is just soft overall. I was surprised that I got lucky on this one; i.e. I do not have a clue why it came out sharper than so many others.

Robert



Sep 02, 2014 at 12:55 AM





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