Monday, July 14, 2008

Goldfinch Flock (Carduelis tristis)

When I got up this morning I noticed right away how many Goldfinch's there were outside gathering dead grass and sticks for nests so I decided to get some shots of them on the Nyjer thistle seed feeder. Heres some info on the American Goldfinch.

The American Goldfinch is often called the "wild canary". The male in breeding plumage is usually bright canary yellow. The female is more dull and sort of greenish yellow.

Among the very latest songbirds to nest each year. They are a very territorial bird, but they do not mind humans. Nesting begins in late summer and continues until early Fall.

They are declining in eastern North America, but they are very stable in the west.


Sharon said...

We have a pretty healthy population here. In fact when we put out thistle they eat it so quickly that we have to wait a few days before we refill it again, it is so expensive! They begrudgingly go back to our sunflower feeder until we treat them again.

Sharon said...

Hey Max! Anet passed her blogging award on to me today (your Mom can explain) and I'm tagging you with it (see my side bar). If you don't want to play, don't worry about it!

Sandy said...

I love goldfinches, and have enjoyed photographing them a lot in the past. Makes me want to sit and watch them gain.

Shelley said...

Luv your pix Max. Do keep them coming.