A transplanted Southern Californian living in North Dakota, with some insights on life with deaf dogs, a gluten free spouse, and the occasional mischievous garden gnome. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy.



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Better American Goldfinch and Rose-Breasted Grosbeak Pictures

Here's another picture of our American Goldfinches as well as some better shots of our Rose-Breasted Grosbeak visitors.  The ones I posted the other day weren't great (and these aren't either), but they'll do for now.  Look at all these happy bursts of bright yellow, they brighten up the garden like nothing else. 
Maybe it's time for a new bird picture-making camera.  Actually there's no maybe about it, Alycia and I have chatted and it's time to spring for a better camera.  Plus Alycia and I have birthdays coming up, perfect time for a to-be-shared present.  I won't need to tell you when we get it, you'll notice an immediate upgrade in the quality of photos. The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak is joined in the photo below on the left by two Purple Finches and an American Goldfinch. 
The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak is very handsome: black head, white underbelly, speckled black and white back and the trademark red patch on the breast.  The female is in the picture below (on the feeder on the right), she has some of the same speckling on the back, but not the same striking black and white coloration and lacking the distinctive red spot on the breast.
And I've also been recently informed there's a wedding anniversary coming up. Is that still a thing?  Am I supposed to celebrate that?  Some Interwebs research indicates that there are wedding anniversary gifts for each year of marriage?  Really? I never knew that the First Anniversary is the Deaf Dog Anniversary where you give your special someone a new deaf dog...

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