8 October 2014
Over the past few years we have pretty much naturalized our garden and virtually every flower in there is a perennial. In fact, this year we did not plant any annuals at all. It is great fun to watch the succession of blooms from early spring right up until the fall.
We have a couple of species of coneflower and we always look forward to the time of year when finches, especially American Goldfinches Spinus tristis, feed on the seeds.
The birds are well advanced in their moult towards definitive basic plumage when they will be a drab olive until the spring, but as the following pictures show there are still patches of yellow.
First there were two birds feeding on the seeds.
Then there were three.
And then there were four.