I’ve been under the weather the last couple of days, so hanging out watching birds has been a good thing. Wednesday, we started having Red Crossbills show up at the finch feeder. This was actually a first for me here in the valley. I’ve seen them in the mountains, but never around our place. These little guys are comical, often hanging upside down to eat from the small holes (it’s a feeder for thistle seed so the holes are rather small) I think it was only last weekend we put feeders back in use. Several months ago we experienced two nasty bird diseases with a large flock of Evening Grosbeaks. I shut everything down for almost 2 months, cleaned and shifted from black oil sunflower seeds to thistle.

All we really wanted were to bring back the Goldfinches. Now our little guys in yellow have major competition.



Our feeders are packed full with this lot.


They sure are enjoying themselves!
Today we counted 22 in the flock. I’m guessing there are probably more out there.


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I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

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