Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The American Goldfinch...

Also know as the Eastern Goldfinch and Wild Canary, this finch (Carduelis tristis) is a small North American bird than resides in most of the United States and northern Canada.

An interesting fact about this colorful bird is that it is among the strictest vegetarians in the bird world.  After learning this fact, it made a lot more sense why I have so many photos of this finch perched on a coneflower or sunflower.  It also emphasizes the importance of leaving the remnants of the summer garden as a food source for these birds and other wildlife.  (That's a great excuse and perfectly acceptable way of getting out of the chore of cleaning-up the garden in the fall...)    




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16 comments:

  1. I love these little birds. They are at my feeders from spring to fall. Great captures!

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  2. Beautiful little birds Rebecca; and the best reason not to be so tidy in the garden. :)

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  3. Beautiful captures. I love everything about these adorable little yellow birds. It's music to my ears when I see and hear them dining at my thistle feeders.

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  4. Your Goldfinch is so colourful.
    I love ours in the UK for their red and black faces and yellow on their wings ( a few on my blog a couple of posts down on my House Sparrow entry if you want to compare ) but these really are gold in colour.
    Beautiful little birds to see.

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  5. Goldfinches are popular this week! All of them are beautiful!

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  6. Beautiful capture!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  7. Sunshine yellow .. beautiful.

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  8. I love the song of this beautiful bird. Beautiful captures!

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  9. One of my favorite birds from outside my corner of the world!

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  10. The Garden Roof Coop...Now I get it!
    Sweet looks at the Goldfinch. Ours are just starting to color-up good. How beautiful!

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  11. Interesting info, Rebecca.
    I guess it was a bit shy, turning his back at you :-)

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  12. Nice pics! That bird always cheers me up when I see it at my feeder - usually it's a whole flock of them.

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  13. Beautiful images. Very pretty colors on this little one.

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  14. lovely clear pictures! You have a very interesting blog!

    Duncan In Kuantan

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  15. what a sweetie, and so well photographed. I wish I could birds to pose for me ... sigh

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