Ficnhes at the feeder

Little Finches - A small finch at my feeder out front.
@webeishere (36377)
United States
April 15, 2008 11:59am CST
This weekend I finally broke down and bought a bag of birdfeed for our feeder. Man the cost of birdseed is getting crazy noqw as well. Since I planted so many various flowers for the birds recently I decided to place my feeder back up even with the cost of seed now days. The feeder hangs in my Red Maple tree out front directly in view from my large window. I sit there each morning watching the birds. The finches seem to eat just early mornings till just before noon. After that I have seen a couple cardinals and blackbirds only. I want to sit there one day seeing all the variety that eat but for now I've yard work etc to tend to first. So far I have the large black birds and a bunch of finches visiting. I need a better camera as they are so small and not easy to get a good shot of them as they eat. Do you have a feeder for the birds? What types visit it daily? Is there a set pattern they seem to eat at it? The attatched photo shows a finch about to leave the feeder. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
15 Apr 08
Grandpa Bob's Finch - 
Grandpa Bob's finch in MN.
We've been feeding birds and squirrels all winter and yea, it does get expensive. I took the liberty of taking your photo and adding a bit of flash to it so you can see the little fella better. He's a cutie!
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
15 Apr 08
Thanks. This is one time I did no editing of this photo as I was busy starting a lot of discussions today. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
15 Apr 08
Oh, I hope you weren't offended that I did that!
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
15 Apr 08
Not at all. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
16 Apr 08
I would love to have a bird feeder, but dont. The only reason being that any birds arttacted to it, but would be fair game for my cats, & if I had a feeder out the back, the min fox terrier is an excellent hunter. I have a lot of native birds anyway., I have two huge gum trees out the front & we see & hear lots of birds. Our the back we have fruit trees that some birds are attracted to. Finches are cure birds. My parents used to have a bird feeder & they enjoyed watching various birds use it. They gave up on it eventually, as there were too many poos to clean up.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
16 Apr 08
Do the birds feed off the trees you have then? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
16 Apr 08
The birds out the back feed of the fruit trees for sue, especially plums & apricots. Out the front, I think the use the trees for nest building, protection & finding insects, etc on the trees.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
15 Apr 08
The only birds I ever get to see around here are sparrows and pigeons. They are everywhere, then if we go to the parks there are a lot of seagulls now as well.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I see those as well. Not too many seagulls but a few due to being so close to the Nature Center. Pidgeons are also around but not near the houses. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I just bought a big bag of wild bird seed this morning and some sasflower. I have about 4 feeders. The little yellow finches like the sasflower and the cardinals. I do get the big black birds too. When I look out my kitchen window I can see all my bird feeders. And in the middle I have a bird bath. I love watching the birds. There is a set pattern my birds eat around 7:00 in the morning and then 6:00 at night. Enjoy watching your birdies.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I haven't seen the yellow finches at the feeder but they are around though. This finch is brown with a gey and white neck and head coloring I think. I want to get a bird bath as well for out front. That's when they eat here as well but after about noon I don't see any at all. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@peavey (15874)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I enjoy feeding the birds, but we don't get as many here (in town) as we used to when we lived in the country. I have sparrows, finches, mourning doves, an occasional bluejay and lots of crows in the spring. The crows chase off the smaller birds, so I find myself scaring them away when I see them. Squirrels are a problem because I can't afford to feed them - they're gluttons! The price of bird seed has gone up about a dollar since last year. I'm wondering if I can find a spot to grow some of my own this year.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I see all sorts around the yard but not too many at the feeder yet. I suppose they have to get usede to it. I am thinking of planting some sunflowers for the big birds and squirrels. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@ElicBxn (60082)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I have a feeder, but I put critter food in it because the cats think the squirrels are more fun than the birds...
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
15 Apr 08
Oh I can only imagine the sounds the cats make watching the squirrels. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Hatley (159501)
• Garden Grove, California
18 Apr 08
Grandpa Bob you have given me a really good idea. we have a lot of birds here in 'southern California and a bird feeder would really be fun to watch. We have smaller black birds and the big black crows, mocking birds,blue jays and my favoriter the little emerald green humming birds with ruby throats. the humming birds love the hawthorne bushes with their deep rose colored blooms.Also I have seen some warblers and small wrens flitting about here. so a bird feeder would surely be used. and the birds are pretty safe as here are no pets allowedd here so no cats.'
@julyteen (13261)
• Davao, Philippines
17 Apr 08
Birds - a gift of nature that can make you feel happy.
what a nice woks you have my friend. i love to see variety of birds but i don't see it in near my house. i only see different kinds of birds if we are having our climbs in the mountain. i am a mountaineers, meaning i love nature, birds is one gift on the nature.
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@bunnybon7 (33112)
• Holiday, Florida
18 Aug 09
those are the cutest things, those little finches, next to humming birds. we once got a humming bird feeder, you know the nectar you mix and all. the little finches would come sit there and drink the nectar also
• United States
13 Aug 09
It is expensive to feed the birds. I wish there was another way to do it. I planted 4 packets of sunflower seeds this year in the hopes that we can save some cash. So I hope that will help a bit.
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
4 Sep 08
It is very expensive to feed birds anymore. We have two hummingbird feeders and we go through alot of nectar for them. We also have tow regular bird feeders and we are constantly having to buy seeds for those too. It is outragious but we love to feed the birds and have them around the yard.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I don't have a birdfeeder. I do like to look at the birds though. I think the cardinals and blue jays are the prettiest. The price of everything has gone up. I just came from Walmart and saw that gas has shot up another 10 cents.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
16 Apr 08
I sure wish I could have a bird feeder....used to. Years and years ago, I hung a bird feeder on one of the steps of the fire-escape of my apartment building....used to love seeing sparrows, bluejays, starlings, etc come for it...then my spoil sport landlord forced me to take it down..claimed it was obscuring space on the fire-escape--uh, yea, right sure