I’m feeling cold this morning, so I’m glad to share some contributed pictures from farther south.
Kim Gerety from the western side of Dallas — oops, make that the western side of Dallas County, Iowa — offers a couple of pictures from the Gerety yard.
Both of these are “yelling” birds, Kim writes.
First, a common redpoll:
That strikes me as pretty far south for a redpoll, but I could be mistaken. I hear they’re all over the place, but I haven’t seen any at my thistle feeders yet.
Next, Kim offers a couple of American goldfinches:
The goldfinches were a surprise, Kim writes, and adds: “That seed and nut cylinder thing has been a hit with the birds. I think nearly every bird we have visit has eaten from it.”
She thought she had enough for the winter, but the birds ate through 1 3/4 pounds in about three weeks.
Kim and husband Kevin went out birding on a chilly Iowa Saturday and identified more than 20 species. The favorite find: a flock of Lapland longspurs. They’ve heard them before but had never seen them, Kim writes.
Is Iowa not far enough south for you? Check out Bernie St. George’s picture of a finch showing off its yellow at the winter home in Florida:
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