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Young Male American Goldfinch! by swaby

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Size & Shape
A small finch with a short, conical bill and a small, head, long wings, and short, notched tail.

Color Pattern
Adult males in spring and early summer are bright yellow with black forehead, black wings with white markings, and white patches both above and beneath the tail. Adult females are duller yellow beneath, olive above. Winter birds are drab, unstreaked brown, with blackish wings and two pale wingbars.

These are active and acrobatic little finches that cling to weeds and seed socks, and sometimes mill about in large numbers at feeders or on the ground beneath them. Goldfinches fly with a bouncy, undulating pattern and often call in flight, drawing attention to themselves.

The goldfinch’s main natural habitats are weedy fields and floodplains, where plants such as thistles and asters are common. They’re also found in cultivated areas, roadsides, orchards, and backyards. American Goldfinches can be found at feeders any time of year, but most abundantly during winter

American Goldfinch

Shot taken at the gardens at Sibley Park Mankato Mn

Canon SX30IS


  • canonman99
    canonman99over 3 years ago

    great color and contrast here

  • Thank you so much and so nice of you too! Always appreciated!

    – swaby

  • Babcia
    Babciaover 3 years ago


  • Thank you Barbara, so kind of you! Always appreciated!

    – swaby

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Thank you Kathy so much! Always appreciated!

    – swaby

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Thank you Ann so kind of you! Greatly appreciated!

    – swaby

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisover 3 years ago

    Tina,,this is an outstanding photo of the pretty bird and the leaves are so beautiful also,,,,Rick

  • Rick youre always so kind, thank you so much! Youre very appreciated!

    – swaby

  • John44
    John44over 3 years ago

    Hi Tina..here another admiring guy ..from Holland.. to tell you:

    Outstanding work! Awesome depth and a fantastic flower scene, the colours are amazing


  • Thank you John, always appreciate you!

    – swaby

  • John44
    John44over 3 years ago

    Distracted by the flower feature but of course its a breath taking Tweety Birdy :-)

  • Sometimes you goota take your shots where you can get them! Thank you John!

    – swaby

  • andy551
    andy551over 3 years ago

    HOW beautiful !!!!

  • Awwwww Andy you are so sweet! Thank you very much! Always appreciated!

    – swaby

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thank you Sylvia, most appreciated!

    – swaby

  • pshootermike
    pshootermikeover 3 years ago

    great capture Tina …this is gorgeous, well done.

  • These are the hardest little birds for me to shoot! I have about 50 shots of them since their return and this one was the only one I felt good about posting! Thank you so much Mike, always a great supporter and friend! Always appreciated too!

    – swaby

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