Dandelion Treats! - Goldfinch - Dunedin NZ by AndreaEL

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Dandelion seeds are everywhere, the Goldfinch and Redpolls are making the most of them while they last.
The Goldfinch breeds across Europe, North Africa, and western and central Asia, in open, partially wooded lowlands. It is resident in the milder west of its range, but migrates from colder regions. It will also make local movements, even in the west, to escape bad weather. It has been introduced to many areas of the world. The sexes are broadly similar, but on closer inspection male Goldfinches can often be distinguished by a larger, darker red mask that extends just behind the eye. In females, the red face does not reach the eye. The ivory-coloured bill is long and pointed, and the tail is forked. Goldfinches in breeding condition have a white bill, with a greyish or blackish mark at the tip for the rest of the year. Juveniles have a plain head and a greyer back but are unmistakable due to the yellow wing stripe. The species is divided into two major groups, each comprising several races.
The goldfinch’s preferred food is small seeds such as those from thistles (the Latin name is from Carduus, a genus of thistles) and teasels, but insects are also taken when feeding young. It also regularly visits bird feeders in winter. In the winter goldfinches group together to form flocks of up to forty birds, occasionally more. In earlier times, the Goldfinch was kept as a cage bird for its song. Escapes from captivity and deliberate releases have colonized southeastern Australia and New Zealand.
Because of the thistle seeds it eats, in Christian symbolism the Goldfinch is associated with the Passion and Christ’s Crown of Thorns. The Goldfinch, appearing in pictures of the Madonna and the Christ Child, represents the foreknowledge Jesus and Mary had of the Crucifixion.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 April 2011 Taken in Mosgiel Dunedin New Zealand.

Featured 3 May 2011

Dandelion Treats! – Goldfinch

I’m a colorful chap! – Goldfinch

Glad the sun came out! – Yellow Hammer


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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    A lovely shot, Andrea. The colors are wonderful, as are the focus and the bokeh.

  • Thank you Dot for your wonderful comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roz Rayner-Rix
    Roz Rayner-Rixover 3 years ago

    What a wonderful capture.

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago

    Just beautiful Andrea!

  • Thank you Joyce for your wonderful comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

    That must be some sturdy dandelion stems to support the gold finch, we only have single stemmed ones here. Excellent work.

  • We seem to have many stemmed Dandelions they just love them. Thank you for your wonderful comment Byron, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • daisygirl7
    daisygirl7over 3 years ago

    This is just exquisite!

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

    WOBBLYMOLover 3 years ago

    we have them here too, gorgeous shot Andrea

  • They are imports to NZ, such beautiful brids. Thank you Loraine for your wonderful comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    our garden is full of them, we have Goldfinches too, l did,nt know they liked dandy seeds x

  • They love them and the Thistles Lynn. Thank you for your wonderful comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 3 years ago

    Super terrific capture!!!……..Tony

  • Thank you Tony for your wonderful comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Awwww another little cutie Andrea, fabulous shot, pretty little bird!

  • Thank you Swaby for your wonderful comment, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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