I am not very lucky in getting good pictures of the birds that frequent my yard but on this occasion they stayed still for me : )

This little pair of goldfinches had been chirping away, sitting on a telephone or electrical wire outside my front porch. I went outside standing at the edge of the steps thinking that the minute I went for my camera they would fly away. One did fly…right down to the porch, to my feet, continuing to chirp for awhile. I was amazed. Then they both flew off to the side of the house but I could still hear them. Hoping that they’d landed on the sunflowers, I went for my camera and captured some nice shots of the little beauties.

Goldfinch collage


Goldfinch 5


goldfinch 4


goldfinch 3


Below is the little one who was singing at my feet, to my delight.


Goldfinch 2




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54 Responses to Goldfinches

  1. Shelia says:

    Oh, what a delightful post! The little birds are so sweet and I love the pretty sunflowers you. You are quite the photographer – your snaps are just gorgeous. Thank you for popping in to see my Tildas.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. Debbie says:

    absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous pictures.

  3. Grandma Kc says:

    Those pictures are just spectacular! We don’t have gold finch either…. so I really appreciate your pictures. I DID see a squirrel yesterday and it was only 7 blocks from our house so maybe next year…. they have made a huge resurgence on the other side of town so my fingers are crossed. Until then, I have you and your camera!

  4. Joyce says:

    These are amazing! My favorite is the 3rd from the bottom. That little one seems to be saying, “Stay away! We found these first! And I already thanked the nice lady who grew them for us!”
    We were at a wedding this weekend and table favors were little heart shaped seed ornaments. I hung ours outside and almost caught a chickadee nibbling. Of course, by the time I put batteries in my camera, turned it on, and opened the door, he was long gone – probably laughing at me from somewhere high up!

  5. Oh, that little juvenile is a doll! He must not be afraid of humans yet. Fun and sweet photos. :)

  6. Pat says:

    They are the cutest little birds. I love watching the youngsters at this time of year. You got some lovely shots on the sunflowers.

  7. How wonderful to combine the goldfinches with the sunflowers! Generally, I feed finches year-round, but there’s a period in late summer when they find their food elsewhere. It won’t be long before they’re back at the sunflower seed feeders hanging in our tree.

  8. they are the sweetest things! And you were so lucky to get them. I love the one where one has his wings stretched straight out. Do they overwinter there? They do here. Lovely shots and good job!

    • debralynnpugh says:

      I do not know if they do…I do not think so..I just see them in the summertime though they show no signs of wanting to leave just yet! :)

  9. Leslie says:

    Oh, these pictures made me smile. Great pictures of your beautiful flowers and goldfinches. I’m lucky to have goldfinches here, and I put out thistle seed socks for them. This was my first visit to your blog, and I’ll be back.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Leslie, thank you! I have put out those socks but I hang them clear across the backyard and when I stalk the finches with my camera they fly away laughing at me! :) The sunflowers are the only reason I finally got some decent pictures after trying to all summer so I’ll be planting more next year that is for sure! :)

  10. Roxi says:

    Oh how fun!!!! Great shots.

  11. Oh, Debra!!!! What awesome pics of those wonderful delightful birdies, the finches!!! Esp the yellow finch, my favvie fav!

    LOVE this post – thanks for your special visit and letting me know about this.


  12. Robyn says:


    What fun to have goldfinches to watch and beautiful sunflowers to enjoy. The simple things in life make all the difference.

    Thank You for stopping in at my blog!

  13. Sharon says:

    Oh, my goodness, those are adorable photos! I can’t believe they came so close. What an exciting photo shoot for you!

  14. daisy says:

    How lovely that the birds use your leftover sunflower seeds. I’ve never seen them here. I just remove the heads and toss them into the garden near the birdbath.

  15. Jenna says:

    How did you ever get those photos! Fabulous and the sunflowers are stunning!

  16. Mindy says:

    Oh my gosh, how sweet! They’re so pretty.

  17. Sandi says:

    Hi Debra,
    Oh, what darling shots you got of my favourite little feathered friends! I miss mine already. They were here last week and now they’re gone. I won’t see them again till next April. You must have a wonderful camera. Thanks so much for sharing these at my HOME and enjoy your day.


  18. Jennifer says:

    These are wonderful pictures -you will love looking back on these in the dull drums of wintertime. I love these little birds. Jennifer

  19. Beth says:

    The images you captured are outstanding! Beautiful finches, beautiful sunflowers.

  20. AW says:

    Saw this post at The Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage… Thank you for sharing these lovely photos! I love goldfinches! One of the best reasons to grow sunflowers, I think. Have a great week!

  21. Shelly says:

    You got some really good photos. We have finches that come to our feeder and they will bathe in our fountain. We love to bird watch.

  22. The birds are spectacular and so are your photos! Suitable for framing! I love finches (and sunflowers!).
    What a great post!

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  23. Pam says:

    Beautiful…Love American Gold Finch.

  24. Tammy says:

    How lucky you were to get such great photos of the finches on you flowers. You couldn’t have set up a better photo shoot. Beautiful!

  25. Michele says:

    Oh my! Such great photos!

  26. Bonnie Gutierrez says:

    Those little birds have such compelling color! I have a cottage garden just off the porch where I watch them often perched on the purple coneflowers as they dine on the seeds. No match for your beautiful sunflowers though, and the photos really capture! Thank you for sharing.I must keep the camera handy!

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Thank you Bonnie ! I was never able to get any good captures of them at the sock feeder….tried all summer. Now that the sunflowers are in bloom, though…they stay put a little longer! :)

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Bonnie it took many a try to catch them staying still long enough to get some good pictures. LOL I probably have 100 bad ones over the summer if not more :)

  27. Beverly says:

    These are just gorgeous! Love your processing and you are really fortunate to get so many of the finches. A really beautiful post!

  28. They are beautiful and what gorgeous colors on both the bird and the flowers.

  29. Cheryl M says:

    WONDERFUL post! Love all the shots you snagged of the finches, especially the young one. We have a pair that visit us each year but I’ve never seen a young one with them. Beautiful pics!

  30. Jeannie says:

    I’m absolutely envious! The shots are wonderful, I feel like I’ve been sitting there with you marveling at the personalities and beauty of those tiny birds…and I love the sunflowers too.

  31. jeanne stone says:

    Love the shots you got of these cute little goldfinches. They are plentiful at my cabin in the mountains in the spring and they are so colorful!

  32. Kim Sidwell says:

    Beautiful captures of these wonderful little birds!

  33. Besides owning a fabulous camera, you have an artist’s eye!

    The pictures are magnificent.

  34. Lori Lehman says:

    Great photos! Such pretty colors!

  35. Your pics are great! Love these colorful little happy birds:@)

  36. Such great pictures! How fun to have the bird land by your feet and sing! They love your sunflowers don’t they!

  37. I’ve stopped back by to look at your amazing photos again. Not sure my comment went through before! If it did…you’ll have 2! I love goldfinches and with these flowers they really are beautiful! Hugs!

  38. Kathy says:

    I haven’t seen Goldfinches in our garden for a while – these are fantastic photos! I am delighted to share that your post will be featured in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday – I appreciate you sharing,

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  40. oh my gosh, they are the cutest!! great shots! we have tons of these little guys and I always love seeing their gorgeous colors. Looks like they’re really enjoying the snack!!

  41. Poppy says:

    Debra, how did you ever catch these lovelies in action!! I think birds and animals feel very comfortable around your aura! These lively pics are practically animated!

    Thanks so much for sharing! Gorgeous!


  42. Peggy Thal says:

    Such beautiful photos ! Just the most adorable little birds on the gorgeous sunflowers. Thanks for sharing!! Your photos made my day.

  43. awesome photos of the goldfinches

  44. LOVE the collages, and the sunny atmosphere here in your photo shares. They’re such a pretty species of bird —the sunflowers bring on some warmth on a wintry day too!!!

  45. TexWisGirl says:

    the balancing act shot was too cute!

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