Thursday, March 26, 2009

American Goldfinch Putting on the breaks

Don't miss the last shot. One more flight shot.

Did you know:

The American Goldfinch changes from winter plumage to breeding plumage by a complete molt of its body feathers. It is the only member of its family to have this second molt in the spring; all the other species have just one molt each year in the fall.

The American Goldfinch is one of the latest nesting birds. It usually does not start until late June or early July, when most other songbirds are finishing with breeding. The late timing may be related to the availability of suitable nesting materials and seeds for feeding young.

Did you know research from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Craig Glenn

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

American Goldfinch Antics

Did you Know:

A familiar and abundant small colorful bird, the American Goldfinch is frequently found in weedy fields and visiting feeders. It shows a particular fondness for thistles, eating the seeds and using the down to line its nest.

Summer male is bright yellow with a black cap whereas female is drab olive. Sexes similar and drab in winter.

Did you know research from Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn

Monday, March 23, 2009

My Goldfinch Feeder

Maureen and I put a finch feeder in a couple of weeks ago. They found it! This post also features a nice male Cardinal in the back ground eating from the other feeder. Click to enlarge for a better view.

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Craig Glenn

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Red Bellied Wood Pecker

Here is a tip I learned from Abraham Lincoln. Of course my photo's can't touch his and the oranges mostly attract squirrels, but I do capture the occasional bird from time to time. I know this is nothing new to most of you birders, but Maureen and I were thrilled to learn this new trick for feeding our birds.

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Craig Glenn

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Brown Thrasher

Did you know:

A large, skulking bird of thickets and hedgerows, the Brown Thrasher has one of the largest song repertoires of any North American bird. Boldly patterned, it is conspicuous when singing on its territory, but is hardly discernable during the rest of year.

An aggressive defender of its nest, the Brown Thrasher is known to strike people and dogs hard enough to draw blood.

Brown Thrashers leave the nest at only 9 to 13 days old, earlier than either of its smaller relatives, the Northern Mockingbird or Gray Catbird.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Mystery Critter Round 4 Solved


Goofy research brought to you by the Disney Archives:

Good-natured but not that bright, this cartoon character made his first appearance, somewhat disguised, as a member of the audience in "Mickey's Revue" (1932). What distinguished the character from those sitting around him was not so much his appearance but his raucous laugh. That laugh, supplied by Disney storyman, musician, and former circus clown Pinto Colvig, made such an impression on Walt Disney and his staff that the character soon began to be featured in other cartoons. Before long, Goofy was part of the gang that included Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Clarabelle Cow, and Horace Horsecollar. In the newspaper comic strips, this new character was first given the name Dippy Dawg. A 1938 book indicated the first change to Dippy's name, "The Story of Dippy the Goof," and by 1939 the final change was made to Goofy with the release of the cartoon "Goofy and Wilbur."

Goofy was created as a human character, as opposed to Pluto, who was a pet, so he walked upright and had a speaking voice (first supplied by Colvig, and later by George Johnson, Bob Jackman, and Bill Farmer). There were 48 Goofy cartoons (primarily in the 1940s and 1950s), but he also appeared in many cartoons with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. He was best known for his series of "How to" cartoons, where he bumbled through the explanations. In the 1950s, he appeared in several cartoons as Mr. Geef, with a wife and son. The 1990s television series "The Goof Troop" reintroduced Goofy and son, but by this time the son was Max, quite different from his earlier incarnation, and the wife was no longer on the scene. Favorite sayings: "Gawrsh!" "Well, whaddya know ..." "A-hyuck!" "Huh?"

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Craig Glenn

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mystery Critter Wednesday Round 4

Welcome back to Mystery Critter Wednesday! Once again I am making it super easy and giving away too much. Today's critter is a disney critter. What do you think?

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