Saturday, November 3, 2018

Saturday Critters ~ 255 ~

From the time I first started watching and feeding the birds in my yard, 
I have always seen
The American Goldfinch.
They visit me sporadically, but I see them in every season.
Of course the males are prettier in the summer, 
bright yellow, sporting black caps,
but I enjoy their muted yellow, light greenish color in the winter.


I was in desperate need of a new thistle feeder for them,
and the hubs picked this one up for me.
This is a great feeder and has brought so many more goldfinches to the yard.










This picture was taken on October 15th 
and the goldfinch looks to be sporting a little orange as it molts.
If you are interested in the annual plumage cycle of a male goldfinch, 
you can read about it and see how it changes each month here.

The American Goldfinch is New Jersey's state bird, how nice for us!

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24 comments:

  1. I discovered golfinches here this past year! Such pretty birds! Beautiful photos, Debbie!

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  2. It is a very attractive little bird and always welcome at a backyard feeder. Like House Finches also, they are quite prone to conjunctivitis so it is really important to keep your feeders clean, which I am sure you do.

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  3. We had a few goldfinches to visit this summer, I didn't know what they were. They are very pretty little birds.

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  4. So pretty! Wonderful photos as always, Debbie!

    xoxo

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  5. Hello< love the sweet goldfinches. I was looking for a new thistle feeder, one that the squirrels won't ruin. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thanks also for leaving a comment on my post.

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  6. I have a similar feeder but smaller, I had them for a little while and then they just weren't coming anymore, so sad. That last photo is especially beautiful!

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  7. We haven't seen any yet but we are getting house finches and warblers...none have their bright colors yet. Love your new feeder...very nice!

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  8. You're very lucky to have them visit your feeders. Lovely looking birds.

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  9. Beautiful photography of the finches ~ looks like a great feeder too!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  10. Beautiful pics.The bird I usually see here in every season is called "Bem-te-vi"(kiskadee or Pitangus sulphuratus).It is beautiful and I love watching it!Hugs!

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  11. I didn't know it was the state bird. That's awesome! Beautiful photos!

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  12. Lovely photos, I especially like the last one.

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  13. Thanks for sharing these thoughts and photos on the Goldfinch bird. I enjoyed reading about these lovely birds. I especially like the last photo; the colors are beautiful.
    Blessings and hugs!

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  14. Hello. It is a beautiful bird. Great photos!

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  15. Great photos! How nice to have them as your state bird.
    We see a lot of them here in Mississippi.
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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  16. Beautiful! Wonderful photos, Debbie!

    Happy Day to You:)

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  17. I think I need to get a feeder like this one...mine I have now, has no perching tray like that. Terrific pics.


    This weekend you've made us at I'd Rather B Birdin very pleased with your bird species and commentary...thanks!

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  18. What beautiful shots. I love these birds, they are so pretty and you can look out and see the bright yellow.

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  19. I wanna know why I never see goldfinch down here. Not fair.

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  20. You always have such lovely feathered-friends stopping by, for treats and photos! Thank goodness too.

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  21. loving that feeder! I remember how our goldfinch loved thistle seeds -- and the best part is that the squirrels, jays, and starlings do not!

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  22. Such a cute little bird, lovely pictures here Debbie, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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