American goldfinches visit my patio feeders every winter; they love black oil sunflower seeds and spend lots of leisurely moments just crunching and munching the winter away. By the time they leave, they are quite fat and sassy and sometimes I wonder if they’re out of shape for that long flight up north. In answer to LoraMae’s question about proximity to these birds when I’m shooting, I hide in a camouflage shooter’s blind just a few feet away from them so with the help of my 400mm lens, I can get some pretty good close-ups of these little guys. Unlike the larger, more wary birds, they don’t fly away as easily at the click of the camera. Maybe their hearing isn’t as keen; I really don’t know the answer. But I do know some birds won’t let me get that close even from the shooter’s blind. Most birds seem to sense I’m in there; some just tolerate me more than others.