WARNING: Dial-up users, I'm sorry. I simply could not leave any of these pictures out. Yesterday afternoon I spotted this goldfinch hanging in my yellow daisy patch. At first I thought that maybe he was injured or ill because he was hanging upside down by his feet. Eventually he started preening and I think perhaps he had just had a bath and was drying off. It was the prettiest thing to watch.
Doesn't he look a bit like an Easter Peeps when he's all fluffed up like this?
He pulled each of his shiny wing feathers through his beak, one at a time.
He fluffed out, tipped his head back, opened his beak and hung upside down like this for several seconds.
Preen some more, missed a spot.
Back to the hanging birdie pose.
Oh yes, he likes butter. (Who remembers that childhood game with dandelions?)
Well, if you've hung with me, I will say that I narrowed this post down from 24 pictures of this guy!