American Goldfinch

Vickie Emms

Anola, MB., Canada

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Featured Redbubble *EXPLORE page – January 25, 2012*

Featured in Birds, Birds, Birds – January 17, 2011

Featured in Nature’s Paintbrush – December 27, 2010

Featured in The Beauty of Nature – October 4, 2010

Featured in World Wildlife Photography – October 3, 2010

Featured in Live and Let Live – October 3, 2010

Featured in Animals As They Should Be – October 3, 2010

SOLD Greeting Card – May 25, 2010 to my dear friend Blair, thank you so much. I hope you like this card, it’s my favorite songbird photo in Redbubble!

SOLD Matted Print September 7, 2009, to an RB member, thank you Dan!

Featured in 300+ Go Long! – September 24, 2009

This is the image he bought, a matted print.

Featured in Songbirds of North America – August 29, 2009
Featured in Backyard – Closeups – May 24, 2009

This handsome little finch, the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington, is welcome and common at feeders, where it takes primarily sunflower and nyjer. Goldfinches often flock with Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls. Spring males are brilliant yellow and shiny black with a bit of white. Females and all winter birds are more dull but identifiable by their conical bill; pointed, notched tail; wingbars; and lack of streaking. During molts they look bizarrely patchy.
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.
Behavior: 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.
Habitat: 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.

Canon 50D; Sigma 150-500mm lens
Anola, Manitoba, Canada

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