Note—this is merely a simple statement of fact, purely an observation, and most definitely not a complaint…but it just took me an hour to finish my light lunch because of the goldfinches. They were working a patch of mixed coneflowers and what's left to the Oswego tea located about 20 yards from the deck. I constantly had to put my food down in favor of the binoculars. Sometimes, having just taken bite, I got so engrossed I forgot to chew.
What can I say—I just love goldfinches! Love their color, their acrobatic feeding behavior, and their constant musical chatter. How can you not? By any standards they're just gorgeous. Especially the males, with their brilliant yellow bodies, black caps, and shiny black wings with white trim.
If they were uncommon, they'd be a prize eagerly sought by birders across the nation. Yet the fact they're widespread and easy to locate makes them no less delightful. Life's riches are found in the ordinary. And in the end, I guess that's what so attracts me…for watching a handful of goldfinches is finding a bird treasure in your own backyard.