A male American Goldfinch blends in quite nicely.
This male American Goldfinch in molt briefly perched on the shepherd’s crook before dropping down to the nyger seed feeder.
An American Goldfinch cracks open a sunflower seed on a recent -17C morning.
A male American Goldfinch.
. . . and a Pine Siskin.
Despite a day of freezing rain, sleet, and rain, four bathing Pine Siskins are joined by an American Goldfinch.
I got a good peek at an American Goldfinch visiting the nyger feeder.
I recently took a walk around my workplace with three destinations in mind. I took a random detour to inspect something in a building, then took another detour to look at a pond behind the building.
I discovered a wet American Goldfinch on a half drowned reed; when I approached for a closer look it flapped/flopped onto the water out of my reach. I then backed off to look for a stick to sweep it into reach and wen I returned, found it clinging to a grate where I could reach around, gently grasp it, and release it in a protected spot where it could dry out. Though still too waterlogged to fly it was quite lively in gaining distance from me.
Did it survive? I don’t know. What I do know is that if I had not chosen to go for a walk at that time, taken one detour, then taken another detour, my encounter would not have taken place.
It is good to ponder lifes’ twists and turns.
(This is not the goldfinch in question.)
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An unpublished photo from four years ago today. An American Goldfinch visited our nyger seed feeder.
Close focus, motion, and shutter speed result in the image of an American Goldfinch painted in bold colour and softened detail.