Tuesday, March 3, 2015

American Goldfinch

Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

I am sharing some of my more recent American Goldfinch photos and one summer time photo for comparison..It seems that lately the males are starting to wear their pretty black caps..



This summer the top of this Goldfinch's head will be sporting a black cap.. But for now you can see the black is working it's way back..


The Goldfinches are year round residents in my yard and in Maryland..


This could be the female and she will not have any black on her head.


They are sweet birds to have at the feeders and they seem to hang around with the Pine Siskins in the winter..


Here is the male American Goldfinch in the summer, wearing the black cap. I hope you enjoyed my wild bird post.. Till next week's wild bird post.. I wish you happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

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  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

90 comments:

  1. He is so handsome when he donnes his black cap. All great photographs and you are so fortunate to have these birds at your feeders all year round.

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  2. Lovely birds to have at your feeders. The yellow colour is very pretty.

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  3. Eileen, que lindas fotos e eles parecem terem esperado , fazendo pose pra ti,rs bjs e lindo dia! chica

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  4. Such lovely and well defined closeups!

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  5. Yes Eileen, I enjoyed this post, these are gorgeous pictures.
    Love the last one, that's a cutie :)
    Have a wonderful day
    【ツ】Knipsa

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  6. Lovely photos, Eileen!
    When compared to their winter colours, it's almost incredible how bright-coloured the males are in the summer!

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  7. Stunning images of the goldfinch, Eileen.
    Our goldfinches looks different.
    Prefect photographed, my compliments.

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  8. Hello Eileen!!
    Great captures of the Goldfinches!Such beautiful birds!Lovely pictures and images too!Like the picture with the closeup of the bird on the feeder!Amazing!!Have a happy day!
    Dimi...

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  9. I always look forward to those males turning brilliant again.Such beautiful birds!

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  10. lovely photos, such handsome birds and so different from our pretty and very colourful goldfinches

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  11. That male really is a cracker of a bird - black and yellow are a classic combination.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  12. Lovely photos . We have lots of these little guys here to but they loose their bright yellow colour in the winter I like the Goldfinch . Strange I got this and Sundays post show up on your blog but if you did one yesterday it didn't and still doesn't show up on your blog even now blogger can be weird lol . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  13. Of course I enjoyed. Cute little birds.

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  14. Hi Eileen,
    what a fantastic golden Goldfinch.
    Gorgeous !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  15. i like their "softer" winter wear!!! you get a lot more than i do. i only see them occasionally in winter but get lots in summer!!!

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  16. gorgeous birds. i love finches. i need to email ya back ... i will get to that today. have a good Tuesday. big big hugs. ( :

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  17. Very sweet pics, Eileen. Have a lovely day. Mildred

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  18. Eileen, love that yellow, so really love the goldfinch. Nice pictures.

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  19. Hi Eileen, Those are some nice close-up photos. Thanks for sharing and have a good day! John

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  20. Yellow is the color of joy and happiness and these photos are just beautiful

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  21. Eileen, your goldfinches are so pretty. It is so rare that I see them.

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  22. If God needed to publish a guide to his feathered creations, he'd hire you, Eileen! I just love coming here for the visual feast you present, no matter the species you cover!

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  23. pretty birds!!
    i like that 4th shot down...the fluffy headed bird munching away!!

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  24. they're really sweet. love their soft calls and bits of color (we only see them in their winter togs).

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  25. I have always thought they were so dang cute. Great shots.

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  26. Such pretty birds! I love their bright yellow color. Nice photos.

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  27. Do you have a black cap or not, it is not important for me, because they are so very pretty. Regards.

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  28. Fabulous shots of the Goldfinch Eileen. Such a beautiful finch, in both summer and winter garb.

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  29. Yes, the finches are here all winter eating me out of house and home..no Siskins here...The finches are just starting to get a yellow hue..

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  30. Lovely to see your Goldfinch version Eileen.

    We have a few visiting our feeders BUT already in full breeding plumage.

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  31. Such pretty little birds - and such clear photos.

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  32. A wonderful serie for the bird theme!
    My birdpost: https://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  33. Very nice these pictures of the American Goldfinch. These finches you do not see in the Netherlands and I am therefore pleased with the blogger phenomenon. Now I can watch them with you:-)

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  34. Your finch are ahead of mine ... they haven't started their color change yet, though I expect it soon. It makes me wonder what triggers the change. I know many things are based on day length, but I suspect our day length is much the same as yours, so there must be something else involved ... interesting :) I might have to look it up ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  35. I love bullfinch and these goldfinches are as lovely. I like the roundy head female. The male goldfinch does look like a male from his appearance.

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  36. They are such pretty little birds. Lots of them around here in the summer. Haven't seen any at all this winter.

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  37. I learn a lot about birds from you.
    Merle..........

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  38. Great photos and beautiful little birds.

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  39. These are wonderful photos of the Goldfinches. We really enjoy the finches that visit our feeders.

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  40. a gasp of color!



    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  41. They're a cool looking bird. Really very different to our Goldfinch here, but a real beauty.

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  42. I also have these little birds at the feeders, with the pine siskins. They love nyjer seed and sunflower seeds. These are some of the best photos I have seen of these Goldfinches. You seem to have them posing for you with perfect background and branches to land on!

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  43. Wow! Great photos! And so interesting seeing the change in the male coloration.

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  44. It amazes me how you get such great close ups.

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  45. They are wonderful birds to have around. We have them year-round also, but I haven't seen too many this year.

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  46. Great shots of the goldfinch. I mostly see them at the end of the summer feeding on the seed heads left over on my flowers.

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  47. Eileen, These are fabulous shots. I love their markings.

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  48. Great photos. I go gaga over yellow birds. The yellowest bird I've ever seen was our once-upon-a-time parakeet.

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  49. they are beautiful little birds.

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  50. One of my faves! You got some beautiful shots!

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  51. Precious shots of the goldfinches, Eileen! By the time these guys are in their breeding attire, they will be leaving us, so I never get to see them all decked out. :(

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  52. Another fine example of gorgeous little birds!
    Wren x

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  53. Beautiful photos, Eileen! I miss the goldfinches at my feeders, but they'll return soon!

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  54. that is one good thing with birds and why we never get tired of them. They change all the time :)

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  55. I have mentioned to you before I wish I could capture beautiful bird shots like yours. My camera isn't fast enough. I try.

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  56. I took a couple of photos og goldfinches yesterday and noticed they are beginning to wear their breeding colours too. YAY! The males are so handsome in their bright yellow and deep black.

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  57. Such a sweet little bird and you've captured it so well Eileen. xx

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  58. The first shot is a blinder, excellent image Eileen.

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  59. Super photos Eileen, and I learned a little more about the pretty Goldfinch, thank you :) Have a great day!

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  60. They are so cute and I love their little voices. Great shots Eileen!

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  61. Remend me to Spanish Lúgano. So cute.. Beautiful pictures..

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  62. The Pine Siskins are back in our yard but I haven
    t spotted any Goldfinch yet----they'll be here.
    MB

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  63. Hi Eileen, Just stopping by again to say thanks for your kind comments on my blog. Hope you are having a good week. John

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  64. I've never seen them in my area. They sure are beautiful!

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  65. Hi Eileen, your photos are gorgeous. They could be in a nature magazine. You are very talented with your camera my friend. Thank you for stopping by while I was away. So fun to catch up today.
    See you for Good Fences.
    Hugs, CM

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  66. I do love your American Goldfinch Eileen.I think it's just as pretty as our European ones.

    Sorry to hear your weather forecast. It makes our own weather seem positively balmy.

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  67. They are like flying drops of sunshine! I love their songs, too. Lucky you to have them year round! --K

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  68. Beautiful shots of the goldfinches--Iowa's state bird!

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  69. Goldfinches are among the most beautiful and adorable birds on earth :)

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  70. such a beautiful bird!love those guys.
    more gorgeous photos by you.
    big hugs!

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  71. Delightful little birds to have in your garden Eileen. You must know their habits so well with them being there all year round. I love that little black cap! Cheers now :D)

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  72. He's pretty in his black cap.

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  73. This is a lovely post and your photos are quite superb.

    The Goldfinches are lovely, and how I envy them their black caps.
    I'm beginning to wear my grey cap now - it's working its way up from the sides.

    Have a nice day.

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  74. Indeed very cute. Great series!

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  75. Oh, just lovely shots !
    Your Goldfinches are so gorgeous !
    Greetings

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  76. Beautiful goldfinches. They remind us that spring is only a couple of weeks away!

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  77. Just catching up on a missed post here. We have Goldfinches here as well, but they are much less common than the House Finches and sparrows and I still feel excited whenever I see them. Your photos are absolutely beautiful, Eileen! Have a wonderful Friday!

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  78. Hello Eileen...I read this post earlier and then was counting for PFW and tried to look at my goldfinch, but there was some more snow and about 35 goldfinch so I am not sure. I was trying to make sure there were no siskins mixed in for my count. I do love these little birds...Michelle

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  79. We're not quite ready for spring here. I'm ready, but not mother nature...

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  80. Wow! Doesn't that black and yellow look dramatic!! Of course, the non-breeding colours are lovely too :D

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