Although we get plenty of butterflies and bees in our terrace garden, except for one Robin who grabbed a worm once, we haven't really been able to attract any birds. I won't let John put out seed because I don't want to attract rats (or any more of those damn squirrels). So it was quite surprising and satisfying to see these little Gold Finches clinging to the stock of the verbena bonariensis and feeding on the blossom, probably for seeds. The photos were taken through the window and screen so they look a bit fuzzy. And the dead plant in the background is the result of the plant sitter not watering it...nothing to do with John's green fingers.