Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Molting Goldfinch

The goldies, as they are so lovingly called, are in the process of molting away their dull winter feathers and are changing into their bright yellow spring garb.  I think this is a little female.  She was checking me out as I approached some brambles which were likely hiding her nest.  The male was singing nearby, close to the same brambles.  These little birds are as common as they get, but they are easily one of my favorite birds.  Most likely because they are so accommodating when it comes to photographs.  :)

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

19 comments:

Karen Bonsell said...

Cool post! Funny, I was just thinking about molting goldfinches yesterday. I looked out my window, and the finch was a beautiful bright yellow. I told him, great job on the molting thing!

Gary said...

Ours are not moulting yet!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River.

Springman said...

Love your Gold-finch shots along with those fresh green leaves. I'm watching the molt too. There is no brighter bird than a fully charged male Goldie!

Frank said...

Definitely more obliging than our flighty Goldfinch. Nice shooting Ryan.

MaineBirder said...

Awaiting the molt on the American Goldfinch here in Maine, but it won't be long. Great series!

Andrew said...

A lovely little bird. Well captured.

Ryan Ankeny said...

They are in full on breeding mode now. All day I watch them chasing each other around and hear them singing in the trees.

joo said...

Lovely little bird and superb photos!

mick said...

Great photos of the little bird and interesting details of the plumage.

Bill S. said...

Oh, the beautiful goldfinch. Great captures. They are always some lovely - except to each other.

Pat said...

I love these little characters! Great shots!

Tammy said...

A sweet girl. It won't be long till you see those bright yellows.

Arija said...

Lovely captures and bird,he seems so interested in what you are doing.

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Sondra said...

Wonderful series on the goldfinch!!! One of my favs.

Fotokarusellen said...

A great set of images. Beautiful and a well done.
Have a nice easter.

Amila said...

They are so beautiful,you've taken some superb shots too!

Ryan Ankeny said...

Thanks everyone!

Mike B. said...

Beautiful. I've seen one goldfinch so far this spring, but no photos.

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