Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wind and goldfinches...

Thirteen years, 1 month, and about 10 days ago, a massive pine tree fell on our house in California. It toppled during a very strong windstorm, much like the one we are having today. I still get very uncomfortable in windstorms.

We lived at the Residence Inn for about 5 months while our home was being repaired. As you might imagine, it didn’t take long for a collection of plant-filled pots to amass on my balcony at the hotel.

One day, in desperation, I returned to my garden, to sit quietly in the peace and solitude. I pulled a few weeds – very therapeutic. As I began to relax, I noticed that goldfinches had come into my garden and were eating seeds from my Salvia coccinea plants. I love those little yellow birds.

In years past here in North Carolina, I have seen a few from a distance. Since it has snowed, though, and I have thrown out sunflower seeds, goldfinches have come to my deck. And day by day, more and more arrive, wearing their drab winter coats. There were 28 of the beautiful little birds today, braving the wind to come to the feast I have offered them.

Have a beautiful day!
P.S. In case you didn't know: you can click on any of the pictures for a larger, somewhat clearer view. I wish they could be brighter, but this is the bet I can offer right now!


Lana said...

I remember when that tree fell on your house! Oh, those crazy Santa Ana windstorms...

My parents get goldfinches in their back yard - often quite a large flock of them. They really are so cute and pretty! =)

Thanks for sharing! =)

Ruth said...

Hey, Lana,

It's great to hear from you! :) Thanks for commenting! :)

Julie said...

That storm was scary and I still don't like wind! I do love the goldfinches though!