Monday, May 2, 2011

American Goldfinch

About 15 American Goldfinches were visiting the niger and oil seed feeders at home today. As a child I called them "wild canaries". They were one of the first birds I can recall identifying using a little pocket bird guide called The Blue Book of Birds of America.


  1. What a beautiful photo of a handsome bird!
    It makes me happy when the yard is full of their sweet songs.
    I'm getting about 8 per visit which is more than last year. They seem to skip years at my place. Not sure why.

  2. Wonderful photo, Paul. I'll always remember my first bird book (Stokes, Eastern, w/ photos, 1996), and the first bird I identified by using the book (Carolina wren) :)

    Do you still have your Blue Book of Birds of America?

  3. I lost the Blue Book but I still have my original Green Book with a Scarlet Tanager on the cover.

  4. Paul, great series of photos! The Purple Finch from the previous posting was fantastic as well. I have a feeling these were not taken with the birdcam :^). Sibley's Guide features this golden beauty on its cover as well. Hope to see you soon at Pelee. Good birding!

  5. This image was taken with the Canon 400 mm f/4 on the 40D body. I have been enjoying your blog as well. It is a great time of the year!