Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Five Generals



I don't know why, but male Gold Finches have always reminded me of army Generals. Maybe its because of the black patch on their head - suggesting a cap of some kind, or the striped pattern on their wings that look like stripes on a uniform? Regardless, my heart always flutters when I see them around.
This year I seem to see them more than ever. In the past, I was happy to see them at feeders, but now, it seems I see them frequently in the trees. It was enchanting this spring to watch them in among pink or white blossoms! I am also noticing them flying around - even when I'm driving! They just catch my eye :)
Six years ago, when we moved into this house, there were quite a few gold finches that nested in the hedges around our lot. But, it seemed they disappeared after that. I was very happy to see that the gold finch couple I posted about on May 5th had stayed around, built a nest and are at the feeders regularly.
But, today! ! ! ! ! You know, sometimes only God knows how much we need a sweet surprise and today was one of those days for me. I had come out to the kitchen after a phone call and I couldn't believe my eyes! There were FIVE Generals at the feeders - in full uniform and looking very sharp indeed! ! !
I had to take the photo from inside the window, because I didn't want to scare them away. You can see the tail feathers of the 5th one behind the tube feeder on the left and then one flew away before I could get the 2nd shot. It is a really long shot with a really minimal camera - but, I had to try and share this sweet surprise with you.

9 comments:

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

The Five Generals couldn't be more handsome!

Diane said...

Thank you Lynne - they are quite striking I think :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

God's blessings come in such unique ways.I am happy for you.
Blessings,Ruth

ivars krafts said...

Wow! They sure brighten up your sanctuary.

Jayne said...

I've not had nearly as many this year for some reason. They do look so dapper in their black and yellow!

Rebekah said...

They're my favorite little bird! BEAUTIFUL!

Richard said...

I noticed the last couple of days that most of the males are in a little flock and and same with the males. Occasionally you see a pair together. Wonder if they are all young birds or if the couples break up after they're done raising their brood and are just waiting for the next cycle to begin.

P said...

Any new bird at my feeder seems to be such a blessing. I've seen two new birds at our feeders recently, and they have brightened my mood. I so needed it!

Diane said...

Hi P ! New birds have a way of bringing happiness for sure! Thanks for stopping by :)