The Backyard Brawl by Lori Deiter

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A brawl at my birdfeeder between a male Goldfinch and an Chipping Sparrow. The finch won! Taken at my birdfeeder in April 2008, Clarks Valley, PA.

Goldfinch – Often called a “Wild Canary” the male Goldfinch is a bright yellow bird with a black patch on his forehead, black wings and tail with white markings. The color dramatically changes during the winter to a dull olive color without the black forehead. Goldfinches are partial migrators and eat seeds (preferably Thistle) and insects.

Chipping Sparrow – A common garden or yard bird – small gray/brown bird with a rusty crown, white eyebrows and a black eye line. Eats insects and seeds and comes to feeders. Migrates to southern states and Mexico. Migrates at night in flocks of 20-30 birds. The name comes from the male’s fast “chip” call.


  • StaceyH
    StaceyHover 5 years ago

    Great capture, well done

  • Thank you Stacey!

    – Lori Deiter

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 5 years ago

    Woderful shot of these 2 birds ! Great job :)

  • Thank you Sean – I appreciate your visit!!

    – Lori Deiter

  • Angelsmurf
    Angelsmurfover 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture !!

  • Thank you so much Ruth for all of your kind comments!!

    – Lori Deiter

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Lori, so often we see different species, squabbling over the food chain, well documented covering both songbirds…inst fav…thanks Lori

  • Thank you very much Larry!!

    – Lori Deiter

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    Lori, this is just spectacular. What a great capture…two species no less!! Great work!!!

  • Thank you so much Blair!

    – Lori Deiter

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture Lori.

  • Thank you Teresa!

    – Lori Deiter

  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture. Are you sure they are not making kissy faces at each other?

  • Thanks – nope – it wasn’t kissy faces – they were fighting for spot! The sparrow ended up flying away.

    – Lori Deiter

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Great shot, Lori!!

  • Thank you very much David!

    – Lori Deiter

  • cindylu
    cindyluover 5 years ago

    Nice capture!!

  • Thank you Cindy!

    – Lori Deiter

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 5 years ago

    Wow, Lori, what a great capture…just clicked away at the right moment. Love it!

  • Thank you Barbara!

    – Lori Deiter

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