Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #232

HANGIN’ ON BY A THREAD!

It was a windy day here in Da Pine. I sat out on the leeward side of the house and watched this female Lesser-Goldfinch hanging tightly onto the smallest of branches. She had a tight grip, but was having to use her wings to hold her “ground”.

Cling tightly to your branch on your journey†††nada te turbe†††††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #214


We had a “herd” of brown-headed cowbirds show up around the feed trough. I mounted up my 500mm and set up to capture an image of a new breed. I sat in the shadows, in stillness and silence for a good 45minutes and the cowbirds never showed back up for the party.

This female Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) put on a flight demonstration for me instead. The Lesser Goldfinch has an almost hummingbird like quality about them in their ability to hover and almost fly backwards.

As Keith & Mick so aptly stated:

No, you can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
And if you try sometime you find
You get what you need

Take what you get on your journey††††††nada te turbe†††††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #147

We came across this gaggle (man, I have been waiting so long to work that word into a sentence) of lesser goldfinches at Bosque Del Apache, NM. They were  hard and quickly working this thatch of dead thistles. There was a group of 10-15 of them (I know that’s more than a gaggle, but who’s counting). I got a photo of this female who was working harder and more creatively than everybody else. How many times have you had to stand on your head to get your supper? It doesn’t count if you work as a clown in a circus!!!

Stand on your head if you have to on your journey††nada te turbe††jim