Monday, 27 June 2011

Missed It!

"What?" I hear you cry...
Answer: Posting a little snippet  from the last week, to share on I Saw Sunday...
So here's one on Monday instead, better late than never.

For several weeks now, I've been eyeing up a four foot six 'weed' in my garden, that had materialised alongside my whirlygig line, but as it added a splash of colour with its pretty array of yellow flowerheads, I left it in peace.

And for the past few days two goldfinches have been saying "Thank you", by coming to feast on its seeds. I had to resort to Google for this image from The Guardian, as there was no chance of my catching my own visitors unawares.

I shan't be digging up the 'weed', but will leave it to flourish and possibly produce progeny in the future, in the hope it will encourage these delightful little birds to draw an 'X marks the spot' on their Good Food Guide Map.

18 comments:

Susannah said...

I love gold finches such pretty little birds, we get them in our garden too. Nice to hear that you are letting their 'snack bar' thrive.

Good to see you again at I Saw Sunday. :-)

Have a great week. x

Wanda..... said...

I've been known to let a weed flourish, actually the field is full of wild flower 'weeds'!

Anonymous said...

Oooh, no, you couldn't possibly dig it up. That picture is absolutely gorgeous!

CJ xx

Anvilcloud said...

That's so neat, that a miscreant weed would attract such a gorgeous bird.

rhymeswithplague said...

Messin' with our heads again, aren't ya? They ain't no such of a bird nowhur, no ma'am, no way, Jose, without the aid of photoshop er some such. But it's interestin' to see who bites at the bait...

Jinksy said...

For RWP and any doubting Thomas, look HERE for the RSPB information.

The Weaver of Grass said...

A weed is only a flower growing in the wrong place Jinksy and this one is obviously growing in the right place. Have you put a new pic on your other sited yet - if so I shall pop over (if I can find it) and have another go at a poem.

Pat - Arkansas said...

I didn't doubt you for a moment, but assumed that European goldfinches have plumage unlike the goldfinches found in my part of the world. The goldfinch males that cavort around my garden in the spring would die of envy!

The weed MUST STAY if it attracts such beautiful birds.

rhymeswithplague said...

A thousand pardons! I stand corrected! I had heretofore been familiar with only the American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) and have never before seen a European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis).

Ours look like this.

Pearl said...

That bird is beautiful -- I'd never seen one before.

If I saw that in my backyard, I would think it was an elaborate hoax of some kind. There's nothing that looks like that in my neck of the global woods...

Pearl

Poetry24 said...

We've seen more Goldfinches this year, than ever before. Beautiful, aren't they?

Dave said...

That little bird's a goldfinch? Our goldfinches are nearly all yellow. We have a bird similar to this one (imported but now wild) which we call a zebra finch. Do you have these Pen?

Carolina said...

That is not a Goldfinch. Goldfinch litterally translates into Goudvink, and our 'Goudvinken' look very different. Google them if you like.
The bird in your photo is a Putter. Seriously. You British have got it all wrong! ;-)

Merisi said...

Amazing, how a little weed can turn into an invitation for such beauty to stop by and linger!

Maggie May said...

I'm glad that you're being rewarded by seeing these lovely goldfinches by your act of kindness.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Strummed Words said...

That European goldfinch is GORGEOUS!

indiwriter said...

Thanks for sharing this Jinksy.
Many are often unaware of the vital role these 'weeds' play in supporting the biodiversity around us..

jabblog said...

Ooh, lucky you:-) I love goldfinches with their clown make-up. We used to have a lot of them in the garden but rarely see one now, although we still feed the birds. Collared doves are a rarity now, too:-(