Pine Siskin - Finches - Hand Fed

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Feisty little birds - about six dozen of them vying for six perches on their feeder - some chose me instead (O:

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Leo Roundtree on November 12, 2012

Wow, Suzi, that is cool!

Best wishes, Leo

Suzi in Oregon on November 12, 2012

Yeah, it really was, dear Leo - I'm still glowing from it! They were landing all over me and on the iPhone even. They are so small and lightweight, between a sparrow and a hummer in size, that you barely feel them land on you - mostly you just hear them. They were flying all around me - I just had to stand still by their feeder with my hand out long enough. Did you get snow yet? Have a happy week (O:

Erik van den Ham on November 12, 2012

Oh wow you must have gained their trust over quite some time before they did this. The one on your head is he protecting the seeds against the competition?

Have a wonderful week, Erik

Erik van den Ham on November 12, 2012

Srry head.. was a typo for hand!

Suzi in Oregon on November 12, 2012

They were on my head as well, and my arms and shoulders, dear Erik - yes, the one with the wings spread is warning the other one away. Caught it at a great moment - so glad I had the iPhone in my pocket. It didn't take long - less than five minutes - hunger overcomes fear. They were landing on my brother yesterday and he didn't have any seed for them - just stood by the feeder and turned him into a perch. Made his day! These finches are not nearly so shy as the goldfinches. We have several Steller Jays that come for peanuts. One will eat out of my hand. Same jay that ate out of my hand at our last home, eight or nine blocks away. So glad she found us after we moved. Wish I had a photo of her on my hand, but she's not quite that bold. It's a snatch and skedaddle at best! Thanks for great comments and visit - happy hugs (O:

Micky Tuttnauer on November 12, 2012

SUCH WONDERFULL MOMENTS, You are so lucky, and - such great shot - L. All the best, micky

Suzi in Oregon on November 12, 2012

Yes, very lucky, Micky - we love the birds - so glad they like to visit us! Many thanks and best wishes (O:

Amelia Royan on November 12, 2012

You must have infinite patience dear Suzi, and these little finches must have been very hungry indeed! We have the robin, the blackbirds, the great tits and the blue-tits visiting again this winter. They never seem to be as hungry as this! ;-)

Hugs, Amelia

Suzi in Oregon on November 12, 2012

I do have infinite patience, dear Amelia, for some things - birds among them, but this didn't take long at all. They were all over Bill too, yesterday. I hope someday to see at least one of your robins - I've a real soft spot for them - perhaps The Secret Garden got me feeling that way. Plus your photos! Happy hugs, dear friend (O:

trikermike on November 12, 2012

Sweet li'l Pine Siskins sittin' in your hand

chompin on the niger seeds, aint that just so grand

To have them eat their food right on your back porch

No wonder they all flock there, to you who holds a torch

(for wildlife)

Suzi in Oregon on November 12, 2012

Thanks for the poem, dear Mike - I'll recite it to these wee birds. I've already had another hand feeding session with them today - took 2 minutes for them to start landing on me - fun on a wet and rather dreary day. Hearty hugs (O:

Patricia Hiele on November 12, 2012

I would trust you enough to eat out of your hand, my dear friend! So I completly get these little birdies!

Hugs, P

Suzi in Oregon on November 13, 2012

What a lovely thing to say, dear Patricia - wish you were here! Thank you with warm comfy hugs (O:

thor@odin™ on November 13, 2012

How cute! territorial small wonders BIG LIKE Warm Danish regards, Peter

Mircea_RAICU on November 13, 2012


David Brown Photogra… on November 14, 2012

Oh wow.... I missed this one Suzi - I would love that!! Mankind has a natural disposition to tame and befriend, you do it very well.

Great shot, well done - Jethro

Erik van den Ham on November 15, 2012

So great to read the trust you enough to come and eat from your hand (and land on top of your head too!) I started to feed them too but it would take me a very long time before they will eat from my hand.

Have a great day, Erik

Schwiemonster on November 18, 2012

so magical, it's a unique feeling of joy! Confidence and fragility! I like your photo, dear Suzi! Have a nice day, Ellen

Suzi in Oregon on November 19, 2012

Many happy thanks, Peter, Mircea, Jethro, Erik and Ellen - one of those very special moments in life - love, patience and a little bird seed is all that is required. I have several times been covered with these little finches and fed them this way since I took this photo. This particular charm of perhaps six dozen finches have since vanished southward, to be replaced by an even larger group yesterday - perhaps ten dozen in all. They are exhausted and very hungry from their long journey from the north - soon they will head farther south for the Winter. We hopefully will see them again in the Spring. Happy best wishes to all (O:

KimonoMyHouse on November 20, 2012

Great composition Suzi. The bird's wingspan is so beautiful. :)

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Suzi in Oregon
Coos Bay, Oregon

Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 11, 2012
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    by Suzi in Oregon
    • Camera: Apple iPhone 4
    • Taken on 2012/11/11 13:05:40
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/120)
    • Focal Length: 3.85mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • No flash