Saturday, March 28, 2009

RESCUED GOLDFINCH - CRITTERS

Keep your cats away from me!

Critters


When in doubt get the bird shots out!

Not a chaffinch or a siskin on my hand this week, but a goldfinch. That would be a European Goldfinch, or as I prefer to call them our little masked raiders. You should see the way we have a group, or a"charm of goldfinches" as they are called correctly attacking the bird feeders. What about this archive image though?


This is a little male goldfinch I rescued from a very naughty cat. Not one of the critters cats I will no doubt see. He'd got a paw to the little birdie, swatted him like a fly bringing the poor bird to the ground. I just ran at he cat(as you do) to scare him off. A mad woman screeching at him like a howling Banshee in a whilrling dervish soon did the trick. I picked this little bird up as gently as I could and tried to coax him round. Eventually he had a bite of the seeds and kindly posed for this photo, before flying off with no lasting damage. I do think he looks a little grumpy on this image. There again if I had been squatted mid flight bounced on the floor and then been subjected to posing for a photo I think I might look a little p""""d off too.


Another lovely collection of goldfinches can be found at the lovely Wigger's World along with a variety of other cuties.


For more camera critters see Misty dawn's den.


Scheduled post I'm out and about.


Go out the sun is shining!

51 comments:

Bibi said...

Gee, I'm first! This is a cute little guy. I think the US goldfinches I knew as a child are yellow and black, but maybe that was a misnomer. Anyway, I'm glad this one got away!

Brian Miller said...

cute pic. there is probably a very disappointed and hungry cat that is still lurking around. wish we had some of that sun here, but think i will still go outside. peace.

Kitty said...

Oh well done you! I'm sure the goldfinch felt happier towards you than he looked. I hate and love cats - they should all wear bells on their collars to give any unsuspecting wildlife a chance.

Rambling Round said...

You're a hero to this little goldfinch. What a pretty critter!

Indrani said...

Lucky, it escaped those claws.

Mirage said...

I envy you for beautiful birds that you get photos of...Quiet a cutie little birdie!

Snap said...

Nice photo. The little guy should have posed for you ... you saved him! Good for you! Thanks!

Flo said...

What a little cutie and how nice of you to save the little fellow. I have a bird photo too this week.

Mine is up over at Feather, Fur, and Fins.

Pagan Sphinx said...

I like cats but we expressly don't own any because we love the birds more.

A sweet little fellow. Poor thing in the clutches of a cat.

Tink *~*~* said...

Yep, he does look just a little put out.... ;) Good of you to rescue him, just the same!

Happy Critturday!
Tink *~*~*
Just hangin’ around at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Bath Daily Photo Blog said...

Sweet chap. I am constantly saving birds from our 4 cats... its practically a full time job. That and frogs...

April said...

He's beautiful! I'm so glad you were able to get to him in the nick of time!

Teena in Toronto said...

Great colours on the head!

I played too :)

Fio said...

Cute and lucky:)

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

so cute! such a close-up and on the bird's level.

Elaine Dale said...

love the story and the photo - what a cutie!

Clueless in Boston said...

Cute little fella. Nice use of depth of field to isolate the bird.

Virginia said...

Way to go B.!!!! Saved that cute little guy from the jaws of certain death!
V

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Carolina said...

Babooshka to the rescue!
Well done my dear ;-)
'There again if I had been squatted mid flight bounced on the floor and then been subjected to posing for a photo I think I might look a little p""""d off too' that cracked me up. Thanks for the laugh.

imac said...

What a little beauty.

Rose said...

I have cats and I have birds and a squirrel and I am constantly grabbing the cats and throwing them in the house. I love my birds, but I also love my cats. Just wish they lived well together.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Oh, well done Babooshka. I hate it when cats chase birds. I know they can't help themselves, but I'm glad your little goldfinch survived and was able to fly away.

Amanda said...

Beautiful little Finch, love the coloring!

D said...

Cats, they look so innocent lying there on the couch. Inside...deadly predator. Nice that you saved the prey.
I'm late to the party, but HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! I enjoy your posts very much.

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

What a beautiful bird - great capture!

Mo said...

Crabby bird probably was why it survivied. Lovely shot. I can never get close enough to birds for shots as good as this.

Small City Scenes said...

Sure glad you rescued the poor little guy.
The American Goldfinch is the state bird of Washington where I live. A different bird---both beautiful. MB

Misty Dawn said...

I LOVE the markings on its face!!! What a gorgeous bird!

George Townboy said...

Cute little guy, thanks for saving his life then shooting him.

jofreebird said...

lovely pic and very funny story x

Manz said...

This guy does look cautious about the situation he has found himself in... the seed is far to tempting, but a feathered beauty must keep a sharp eye out for any danger... I'll keep my cats away from you... don't worry ;)

Jacob said...

I'd say you win the gold today...in anyone's contest.

fishing guy said...

Babooshka: Very nice capture of the finch, ours over in the USA are so different.
I don't know if you have Muskrat but that is what I showed.

Meead said...

Nice shot. I have something very interesting for you. Recently I was reading a traffic engineering article and I found this:
"The Isle of Man is the only place in the world that does not have a general speed limit."
Is it true?

Jim said...

Good for you to rescue him. I have outdoor cats who are always chasing birds.

Carletta said...

I'm so laughing at Townboy's wording! :)

Lovely little bird! You did a lovely little thing in saving him.

Snapshutter said...

Baboosh to the rescue! Good job!

mountain.mama said...

We have goldfinches who sometimes hit the window. I run outside to see if they are still alive and then put them where the cats can't catch them if they are only stunned. Hooray for bird rescuers!

Michele said...

Yay, you saved it!!♥ It's a cutie!!

Reader Wil said...

Great Babooshka! That's a good deed!

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

Good save! S/he is very pretty with the orange markings. I think he looks a bit bewildered too but glad he's off flying. It's a constant rain here.. no sunshine today. Don't worry that doesn't stop me from walking.. hee hee. My Mom doesn't want me to get cabin fever

Norwood

Dianne said...

it's good that you were there at the right moment
sweet little guy
great photo

Sharon said...

What a cute face. He looks like he's blushing.

Lilli & Nevada said...

have no fear mine only look through the window at you..
Nice looking you are

Babooshka said...

George TB - That comment made me laugh too.

Meead- There are certain parts of the Island where this is no speed limit like the mountains. Strange you should cfind this article.

Mojo said...

If you think the bird looks annoyed, imagine the look the cat must've had. A perfectly executed midair knockdown gone to waste!

And I'd have done the same thing. Good on ya!

Joe Narvaez said...

Cute. Nice one!

magiceye said...

this is brilliant! love it!

Daryl said...

Ms B the bird saver .. you are a pretty terrific woman!

Susie of Arabia said...

What a cute little charming fella! Great close-up.

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