The American Goldfinches are late breeders, so I haven’t seen more than one or two around until this past week. They are now returning to the yard to take advantage of the thistle socks again, but they are also helping themselves to the seed-heads forming on the flowers. I don’t think it ever occurred to me before that just when I’m thinking the coneflowers are looking like it’s all over, it’s just beginning for the goldfinches.
I watched this one male work on the “spent” flower he’s sitting on for so long I finally decided to take a video.
And then there’s the thistle socks. The second photo was through the porch window so it’s fuzzy.
The sunflower seed feeder is always popular with the House Finches and Northern Cardinals.
I haven’t seen the skunks for about a week. I was hoping they were keeping the cat below, photographed under my neighbor’s deck, out of the yard. I have never seen her attack anything but I am not fooled by her innocent-looking lolling around licking herself on the back cement pad.
The squirrels seem to be distracted from creating too much chaos by a steady supply of peanuts.
There were not a lot of birds on Saturday’s first bird walk, and since they were difficult to see in the overcast I didn’t take many pictures, except in one or two cases just to confirm identification. So I’ll stay in the yard for this post. Below is an Agapostemon Sweat Bee gathering pollen.
We’ve had so much rain alternating with hot, sunny days this season everything in the yard is growing out of control. My Big Bluestem is well-established and as tall as I am. I like the fringed look of its flowering.
I haven’t done well with tomatoes for years, but I can grow peppers. This is the first time I’ve planted poblano chiles. They’re getting bigger. I’ll have to start cooking them soon.
I really like the Mistflower and am glad I planted it in a shady spot between two trees where it’s filling in nicely.
Below is a plant that introduced itself this year and up until a couple days ago, I didn’t know what it was. But I was reviewing the University of Illinois weed page looking for something else, and found its picture. I am happy to identify it as Toothed Spurge (poinsettia dentata). Although it has shown up uninvited, it is a native and rather attractive. The leaves are so thick they look almost like a succulent. I’m relieved it’s not an invasive, so I think I can let it hang out for the rest of the season.
The Wild Senna on the left below is pretty much gone, but the Tall Ironweed is still blooming, although a lot of it has fallen over.
In the front yard I discovered Nodding Onion which I think might be blooming well for the first time this year since it was planted by Art three or four or however many years ago it’s been now. And the one Cardinal Flower plant continues. I’d like to have more of it. Not sure I have a good red thumb though.
More regular visitors, of course House Sparrows, but I thought this one was a rather attractive little guy. And the female Downy Woodpecker below, on the peanut feeder, looks like this might be her first year in the yard.
One more of my too-hungry-to-be-camera-shy goldfinch. Saturday I “lead” the group on another bird walk, and I hope this time to see some migrants to write about.
Seems like you have your hands full with your plants and all your visitors. At least you don’t have to drive or hike in the woods. Take care Lisa… 🙂
Thanks, H. J.! If I had your yard I would stay at home more. 🙂
Your birds seem to be very well looked after. It was good to see your version of the goldfinch.
Thank you. Every once in a while someone reports a European Goldfinch and I have to wonder how on earth it got here. Your birds are unbelievably colorful.
Thanks for the update, Lisa. Your blog helps me to know what to be looking for this time of year.
Thanks, MaryLee. I hope I can add a few fall migrants.
Nice. I always like seeing the goldfinches at this time of year, they’re such cheerful little birds!
Thanks! You’re right, they are cheerful with their little chirpy comments.
Great captures of the Goldfinches, especially the video! They are doing the same thing in my garden, but mostly on the Cup Plants, as I don’t have Echinaceas. By the way, I think that red flower is probably Royal Catchfly (Silene regia).
That’s interesting. I was told it was native Cardinal Flower. The Cardinal Flower I have in the back is different. I wondered about that. Sigh. Well, the hummers seem to be attracted to them both but I don’t have enough of either one.
The answer is obvious: get more!
Your first capture of the Goldfinch is fantastic, Lisa!
Thanks so much, Donna! The coneflowers are doing it all for me. 🙂