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Finch on Feeding Sock

Finch on feeding sock, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

In San Diego, the home of our friends the Stevensons backs up to a golf course and birds abound near them. I have seen their feeding sock completely covered by finches. Usually, we only have one at a time on ours, but I have seen three. Wild finches are feisty. Ours are aggressive and try to keep others off the sock.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

14 replies on “Finch on Feeding Sock”


Thx for this link. I love birds and I have a huge Bird Aviary in my back yard stocked with finches and canaries. If you like, under my ‘projects’ tab, I have “How to Build an outside Aviary” on my website.

I’m in the process of converting all my website projects, trips, etc. to blog format. So, I’ll be updating my blog with these website entries and hopefully have everything in ‘one place’.

I’ve posted a new entry this morning. Come have some ‘morning coffee’ with me. Have a great day! Regards.

©Our Universe Õ¿Õ¬


I use Flickr and that’s the size that comes up. Sometimes I would like the pictures a bit smaller, but haven’t taken the time to figure out how to do that.

Those finches are so tame, I can get within five feet of them before they fly away.


Daniel, I have a Nikon D50.

Hockamama, I truly don't think I'm a talented photographer, but I do enjoy taking pictures. Having a digital camera and being able to immediately load the images onto the computer really makes it nice.

Patient? I have rather a calm nature and am patient most of the time, especially with people. My impatience readily rears its ugly head when I am confronted with challenges of the technical variety.

Thanks for the history of your name. I love it. But I don't believe your crew would pawn you–you're too nice–I can tell, and this is my blog and my decisions stand.



Shirley, you are a very talented photographer. I admire your skills. I’m guessing, by the nature of your photos, that you’re also very patient. Another trait that I greatly admire. That is something that I have not gotten a handle on yet. Oh, well, mama says not to pray for patience, because God will just continue to send trials to test the newfound gift.

As for my name, my daughter’s friends call her by her surname (Hockett), rather than her given name, as there were 9 girls with her name in the graduating class alone. One of her friends decided that I, in turn should be Hockamama. I wouldn’t put it past my crew, however, to think of pawning me. Hmm…


Yes, Daniel, I did take them. I stood on our back deck to snap this one. It’s easier to get fairly good pictures of birds when you have a decent camera. I was using a long lens to get this shot, a 70-300.


i am so amazed that u have so many picture of birds. they r really hard pictures to get. u didnt take these, did u?


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