Saturday, July 31, 2010

The saga of the Alpha male Goldfinch

Tonight the weather was beautiful so I spent several hours outside eating and reading a book. I was watching the thistle sock closely and the American Goldfinches were landing and eating most of the time I was out there. There was a female and several males.

The female and several of the males can get along and eat at the sock at the same time. Here are 2 males.

Here is a young Goldfinch and a female Goldfinch, maybe mommy.

The four of them were eating from time to time and then the Alpha male would show up and they all had to take off, leaving the Alpha male to eat by himself. If they tried to stay, the Alpha male would nip at them until they flew off.

Here is the bully Alpha male.

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