The state bird of Iowa is the Eastern Goldfinch.  I’ve seen quite a few of them this year.  I was excited to look out the window and find one sitting on my front fence.

It wasn’t long before the bird left the fence for a delicious treat of catnip seeds.

Their favorite food, however, is thistle seed.  Lucky for this one that the goats left a few.

I love these bright birds.  I did learn that I really need to wash my front window if i want a clear picture too.  Something about those cats’ nose prints on the glass that makes it fuzzy.

On a totally different topic, I’m going away.  Yep, I’m actually taking a vacation. I should have posts going up regularly, but if you don’t hear from me, it’s because my Internet access will be limited to non-existent.  I’ll try to catch up when I get back to visit everyone and read/respond to every comment that is left.

Linking to Jenny Matlock‘s Alphabe-Thursday where the letter of the week is G.

Linking to World Bird Wednesday and Rural Thursday hosted by Nancy at A Rural Journal and Lisa of Two Bears Farms

60 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TexWisGirl
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 15:04:53

    i love the goldfinch in the thistles. be safe. enjoy time away. i know all your animals will miss you.


  2. Maria (Personalized Sketches)
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 15:13:08

    Sweet goldfinches! Love all your photo captures.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Enjoy your travels!


  3. Tina´s PicStory
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 16:13:12

    beautiful G! great shots :)


  4. Raw Thoughts And Feelings
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 16:20:51

    They are so so pretty! I love their colors of yellow and black.
    I bought some thistle seeds since I saw some flying over, but the sparrows ended up eating them all :-(


  5. EG CameraGirl , Canada
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 17:05:33

    Goldfinches are wonderful to watch – such funny, friendly birds. I hope you enjoy your time away!


    • Teresa
      Jul 04, 2012 @ 17:29:49

      Thanks. I’m certain my vacation will be great. Just wish it would be a bit cooler so I didn’t have to worry about the animals while I’m gone.


  6. vbr
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 17:10:18

    What a beautiful little bird this is. Great letter g post.
    Have a wonderful vacation. You work so hard, you deserve to have a nice rest and relaxing time doing anything you want to do!


  7. Lola
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 17:23:46

    Such beautiful captures – as always!


  8. Pat
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 17:50:32

    Goldfinches add so much beauty to the landscape.
    Enjoy your vacation! You’ve certainly earned one!


  9. Candy C.
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 18:04:52

    What a beautiful little bird! I hear ya’ on the “kitty noses” on the windows! LOL!!
    Enjoy your vacation!! :)


  10. Larry Jordan
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 19:17:54

    Nice shots of the American Goldfinch Teresa! I really like the last two shots of him in the thistle! My first time to your blog, I really like it.

    We raise Pygmy Goats and I’m planning on renting them out sometime soon for land clearing. I’m working on a new blog on the Pygmy Goats at

    Have a wonderful vacation and I know how you feel about leaving your goats behind. I’m sure they’ll be fine ;-)


    • Teresa
      Jul 04, 2012 @ 23:16:43

      So glad you enjoyed your visit. I’ll try to stop by at your blog soon. Thanks for the well wishes. I wouldn’t worry near as much if it weren’t so blasted hot. :-(


  11. andy
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 20:10:51

    My friend,
    Simply beautiful pictures. Wish I could touch him/her. Thanks for sharing.


  12. Anonymous
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 21:17:49

    Enjoy your vacation!! Lovely pics of the goldfinch. I saw my first one in Portland, OR last year. They are so vivid!


  13. Alica
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 21:35:09

    Love those vibrant colored birds! Hope you have a great vacation!


  14. Erika
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 21:38:54

    Fuzzy windows or not, the pictures are beautiful. The one with the thistles had me thinking it was something I would like to sketch.

    have a great trip!


  15. Marigold and the Goatmother
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 21:52:32

    Aren’t they awesome? We have them, but ours seem a bit smaller and the beak isn’t as orange as yours. Have a SAFE trip and have loads of fun! I KNOW you will and I have requested photos…at least one. :)


  16. Esther Joy Hunter
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 22:41:43

    I love goldfinches! Great pictures!


  17. Coloring Outside the Lines
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 01:52:21

    I think the nose prints add beauty to the photos! Pretty bird!


  18. Stewart M
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 02:55:13

    Hi there – what a great bird – such a splash of colour.



  19. JDaniel4's Mom
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 05:57:13

    Enjoy your trip! I can’t believe how close you get to the birds!


  20. Jen
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 08:40:43

    One of my favorite birds that visits my yard all year long… they’re just alittle treat to hear & watch. Enjoy your vacation :)


  21. Sue J.
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 15:20:35

    prettiest — and cheeriest — thing in our backyard are the finches. great captures on your part.


  22. Carole M.
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 15:33:18

    beautiful bird to see out there; I love yellow-birds!! I think of canaries when I see one on here. Lovely for you to see it for real…


  23. splendidlittlestars
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 19:11:19

    They’re such pretty birds! They like my echinacea.
    Have a wonderful trip!


  24. AZ
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 00:20:52

    Beautiful! A yellow bird amid purple flowers is such a delightful combo :)


  25. Judie
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 10:28:34

    I love it when the finches come to our feeder! They are sooo sweet. Your photos are wonderful.


  26. Wanda
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 20:28:16

    Pretty–I especially like the ones with the thistle plant. Enjoy your vacation!


  27. anita
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 00:15:46

    Beautiful birds. Enjoy your vacation!!


  28. Nancy
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 07:38:37

    I love these bright birds — such a treat to see them!

    Enjoy your well-deserved time off, Teresa — Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week. xo


    • Teresa
      Jul 09, 2012 @ 20:15:55

      My pleasure. I certainly am enjoying my time away, but it will nice to be back to see all my critters and catch up with everyone. :-)


  29. Dave
    Jul 07, 2012 @ 09:13:16

    State bird – its got me thinking what my county bird should be? we dont have official county birds here in the UK…. its a good idea though.


  30. Jenny Matlock
    Jul 13, 2012 @ 16:37:52

    What glorious pictures!

    I have always thought grandly colored birds!

    So vibrant and lovely!

    Thank you for sharing these pictures.



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