Tuesday, January 18, 2011

American Gold Finch of the Vermilon River. A Post to World Bird Wednesday.




The State bird of Iowa, New Jersey, and Washington, this amazing little fellow goes from his canary like summer plumage to a much duller appearance  in the non-breeding winter period. He can be found at feeders or in the forest, winter and summer. And for Boom and I that's important because we like all the wildlife to remain here in our forest.

Here's a few facts about these guys:
1) The male feeds the female while she warms the eggs.
2) She builds the nest, although he does help with the obtaining of material.
3) The birds moult in the spring and the male takes on his vivid look; in the fall they moult and he becomes similar in appearance to the female.

For further information see: http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=24

A post to World Bird Wednesday @ http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com/

28 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the information and lovely images of a beautiful little bird Gary.

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  2. You captured this bird beautifully--we have The A. Goldfinch at our feeders in fall and winter but they fly up to the mountains for nesting--always miss them when they go--

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  3. Even in the dead of winter these little cuties still capture my heart.
    B.

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  4. Nice shots, Gary. I am always happy to see a goldfinch at my feeder among the house finches and juncos.

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  5. The Goldfinch are a wonderful, cheery little songbird, that we adore on our feeders year round. In spring, the ground is even yellow with their brightness. A favorite of mine.
    BlessYourHearts, YouAndBoomer What a handsome fella

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  6. I love these little guys! They used to come to our feeder (when we lived in Oregon) and I've seen them in Port Aransas TX during the April migration. Thanks for the pictures and the good information.,

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  7. Great captures Gary. Love the facts you found about them.

    So very different from our Goldfinches here.

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  8. I am glad you knew that the goldfinch is the state bird of my state Washington---we share. One of my favorites too. Excellent shots. MB

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  9. In winter or summer they are beuaties, Andrew.

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  10. Hi Dixxe. They stay all year here, and we're lucky.

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  11. Hi B&G. I think they're popular everywhere.

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  12. Hi Hilke. They brighten up the winter scene.

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  13. Hi Dar. They sure are cheery.

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  14. Hi Sallie. And I bet you miss them when they're gone.

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  15. Hi Keith. Thanks for the visit.

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  16. To SCS. Just proves that Washington has good taste.

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  17. Such a pretty bird. And wonderful photos!

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  18. Thanks EmptyNester, and they are pretty.

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  19. So Gary, What is the Provincial bird of Ontario?
    Your Nikon has been blazing recently and you are getting great shots. Must be nice to get some sun. Throw Boom the extra bone! ;-)WBW

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  20. The Loon is the provincial bird. Do I win anything?? Maybe another lens. Thanks for the visit.

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  21. Beautiful little Gold Finch. I saw one some years ago in Washington State. Did not realize then the wide range they have.

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  22. Hi Mick. They're fairly common, which is good.

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  23. I enjoyed these friendly finches today at my feeders. Great captures and info!

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  24. I love the goldfinches. They're beautiful in summer, but I think they look especially cute in their winter plumage. Nice series of photos and info!

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  25. Hi Jean. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  26. Hi Pat. Thanks for the visit and glad you enjoyed the post.

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