Gold and Green on the First Day of Autumn

For the first day of fall, I decided to take a walk. Ventured off to the same old “secret” park in search of blue birds. When I first arrived and for a large portion of my walk, I saw not one single bird! Thankfully, all the late summer/early fall wild flowers were busy blooming so I enjoyed the views. I wished I’d not been so lazy to as only carried the camera with the zoom lens attached. Endless areas of goldenrod and daisies and other wildflowers I couldn’t begin to name.

Stumbled across all my usual backyard birds. Chickadees, cardinals, and Carolina wrens. Enjoyed the pursuit of the blue birds but the closest I came to finding any were the busy (and noisy) blue jays.

Ready to call it a day, I turned the corner only to be startled by a fellow walker coming from a different direction than I normally venture. Asked where that trail went, connected to the soccer fields. Didn’t realize the trail connected. So as he went on his way, I extended my walk a bit.

So glad I did! Didn’t realize the bridge went over a little stream before going beside the youth soccer fields.

The turkey vultures started circling but I kept on walking…

And stopping on the bridge again as I returned, I spotted a little group of gold finches.

Zoomed in closer to see them and discovered a green mystery bird joining in the fun!

It’s Not Easy Identifying Green

My first thought: Whoa! I’ve never seen a green goldfinch before! Second thought: Did someone lose a pet bird?

There simply aren’t a lot (any I’ve ever noticed) of green birds around here. After a rather unsatisfying result on the phone’s bird app. And searches in my bird book and on-line, I’ve narrowed my results down to some type of warbler. What do you think?

Maybe a pine warbler? Please, tell me this isn’t a gold finch. I don’t think so because the beaks are shaped different. The bird app wanted to say an olive warbler but the coloring doesn’t match. There were some old abandoned Christmas trees gathered in an area not far from here so I guess they could count as the pines? The goldfinches in the trees and not on the ground seemed to be hanging out on elms.

My camera battery died just as I found this group of birds. So only one more look. I really am at loss here. And wanting to go back and look for this bird again.

Other Birds Spotted This Week

I went ahead and put out a second bird feeder this week. Haven’t seen any new birds in the backyard but between the fledgling cardinals (noticed it was a family of four, mom, dad, and a brother and sister), doves, and sparrows the feeders were emptying fast. Wanted to give the poor little house finches, chickadees, and nuthatches an equal chance. The tufted titmice are still around as well. And I hear blue jays high up in the oak tree. And crows flying over head sometimes.

Mr. Hummingbird still finds it warm enough to hang out and guard his feeder. Gives the sparrows a bit of a wary eye. They ignore him but he’s ready for a fight should they try for his food. And the red-bellied woodpeckers are visiting a bit more often.

What birds did you spot this week?


Joining in with the Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’.


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9 thoughts on “Gold and Green on the First Day of Autumn

  1. Eileen


    Those Blue Jays are loud birds, I can hear them from inside my house. They have to announce their presence. Love the view of the pretty flowers, the bridge and stream.. I do not usually see the Goldfinches on the ground. Could your unknown bird be a Northern Parula, they have that yellowish spot on their backs? Take care, enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you for helping to id my bird! Never seen one around here before so I’m excited to have learned about a new bird 🙂 I’m not used to seeing goldfinches on the ground but it’s been pretty dry (until today, rained the entire day) so they were probably happy to be around the water. Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I’ve learned a new (to me) bird. Hopefully, I’ll get to see it again and know what I’m seeing (as well as have a fully charged camera battery when/if I do). Hope you’ve had a great weekend.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks for hosting! By the way, there is a link from a “Gina” over on your links that goes to my old blogger blog. Not sure if it was hacked, I’m in the process of trying to remove it but you might want to check and delete that particular link. Happy new week!

    1. Jean Post author

      May have been a fluke that it was just near the goldfinches. Hoping to get back out there again today to see if I can find it again. No vultures? Can’t imagine. They’re border-line nuisance birds in the southern part of the state but I do enjoy watching them. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

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