American Goldfinch

25 07 2011

Finally—my first-ever shot of the elusive, quick-moving American Goldfinch (male), photographed at Green Spring Gardens yesterday morning. My friend Gina saw one of these in her garden yesterday too (perhaps he followed me home?) and thought for sure she had discovered something rare and exotic—much like a sighting of Bigfoot or even rarer, the Dodo bird. She even thought it was perhaps a flyaway pet looking for its home. That is, until she started a web search and learned what it really was. She was so excited doing the research that she is contemplating a career change from flight attendant to ornithologist. This morning her voice had morphed into that of the character Miss Jane Hathaway (the love-starved-pith-helmet-wearing-avid-bird-watching perennial spinster) from The Beverly Hillbillies. (P.S. I advised Gina to not quit her day job.)

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25 07 2011
InsideInfo@theGarden

I don’t think anyone could have posed him better!

26 07 2011
VALERIE HALLAM

We have flocks of these goldfinches at our feeders each day through the summer here in Northwestern Ontario. I am loving following postings of your photographs – and especially the pics of your gardens since I too am an avid gardener. Thanks for sharing!

26 07 2011
Cindy @ enclos*ure

So nice. I look forward to goldfinches on the old coneflowers and black-eyed susan blooms every year.

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