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.
I was born and raised on the east coast of Canada. I was a "stay-at-home" mom for 30 years with 6 wonderful children. I live each day with the incredible joy of knowing that God has created all things and He has packed every living thing with amazing potential, and I have just begun the journey to find out what my own potential is!