Goldfinch ascending

Okay, do I really need to say that this photograph of an American goldfinch (Spinus tristis) was taken by reader Stephen Barnard in Idaho?

I swear, these things could be used to illustrate a bird guide:

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7 Comments

  1. jstackpo
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    My (Maryland) goldfinches are (at least in the warm seasons) a lot more golden than that one.

    Is the picture winter plumage? Or a female? Or a different “kind” (to use Ken Ham’s favorite word, since I don’t know whether my Golder-Finch is a “variety” or what).

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted February 11, 2014 at 5:50 am | Permalink

      That’s how they look in the winter.

  2. Mal Morrison
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Hi Jerry

    I suppose you could call this one ‘Chaffinch ascending’.

    The Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) is a very common bird in the Uk (the RSPB says it’s the second commonest). This is a male. The female is more dull and brown. Mal

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  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    Nice picture Stephen!

  4. James C. Trager
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    Looks like (a beautiful photo of) a goldfinch descending, to me.

    And what ever became of the genus Carduelis?

  5. Notagod
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    It needs to be downside up or it’s not a goldfinch.

  6. Posted February 11, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Very well done.

    b&


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