I love goldfinches. I always have. They are one of the first birds I learned to identify as a very small girl and I have loved them ever since. There's just something cheerful and gutsy about them and I do all I can to keep them around. I leave the dandelions growing--they LOVE dandelion seeds almost as much as thistle, I think--and I grow sunflowers just so I can watch those bright yellow birds on those bright yellow flowers on summer mornings. I let the wild evening primrose grow tall as well, for there's something about yellow flowers that seems to attract these little guys. Goldfinches just make me happy. What can I say?
These pictures were taken yesterday in my yard in Hyannis.