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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Rodzaj: Animals
Medium: Kolorowe
Data wykonania: 2009-09-05
Kategorie: Birds
Aparat: Canon SX10IS
Naświetlenie: f/5.7, 1/250 sekund
Wersja zdjęcia: Oryginalna wersja
Dodano: 2009-09-06 8:24
Oglądane: 3004
Punkty: 52
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I heard a familiar tinny cheep cheep up in the oak tree and sure enough there was the first little Goldfinch since the end of spring. The first colorful bird of the season and a most welcome sight. Maybe he is an omen that fall WILL return and the long hot summer WILL end

Lesser Goldfinch

The Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria), or Dark-backed Goldfinch, is a songbird of the Americas. Its range is from the southwestern United States (along the coast, as far north as southern Washington) to Venezuela and Peru. It migrates from the northern parts of its range. It utilizes most habitats almost any habitat with trees or shrubs except for dense forest. It is common and distinct in most areas, and will come near houses to feed at feeders in the southwest U.S. and almost anywhere else for thistle sock feeders.

The Lesser Goldfinch is 4 to 4.5 inches long and weighs only about 9.5 grams (0.3 ounces). It is the smallest North American Carduelis species. Southern species tend to be a bit larger and is more pronounced in the females. Males are easily recognized by their bright yellow underparts and big white patches in the tail and on the wings.

The upperparts on females and young are more or less grayish olive-green, their underparts are yellowish, browner in immatures. They have only a narrow strip of white on the wings (with other white markings in some forms) and little or no white on the tail. They are best distinguished from other members of the genus by the combination of small size, upperparts without white or yellow, and dark gray bill. In all plumages this bird can easily be taken for a New World warbler if the typical finch bill isn't seen well.


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hello Jane

my next Goldfinchs the American Goldfinch will be in the
end of december or in january with their winter plumage,
excellent photo of your Lesser Goldfinch with fine frontal POV,
i love the way he is framed by the branches and leafs,
excellent sharpness and details, and that catch-light
that always render the photo more beautiful, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6154 W: 89 N: 15276] (63938)
  • [2009-09-06 8:45]

....and welcome of pics of your style Jane! A private point of view..ehehe..excellent quality and beautiful specie whit great colors.Have a nice week and thanks,LUCIANO

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-06 9:08]

Hi Jane. I bet you were glad to see and hear this little one. The Lesser Goldfinch is a beautiful looking bird with its bright yellow feathers and black cap. Taken from a fine POV lokking up at the bird. Well done TFS.

Hello Jane,

This is so different from the colouring of the Goldfinches in England!
I love yoor pov, capturing the vivid plummage of its breast and getting a good catchlight in its eye.
The perch makes a fine diagonal composition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Excellent Jane! you still making wonderfuls bird's shots whith your SX 10 IS, this cámera in yor hands, is a powerful resource to record birds in good way!... good to know that this and other birds are returning! we will certainly have more pictures of you then.



Hello Jane,

another nice pic from an beautiful bird.
Good pov, dof , sharpness and details.
very fine natural colours.
Such bird i don't haven't in the garden.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2009-09-06 9:32]
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Hello Jane,
You want summer to end I want it to last! I think we need to rotate the planet a bit more to make it fair!! A lovely capture of the Goldfinch in a nice pose. Great focus on the eye, fine details and beautifdul colours. Very well composed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla


Perfect capture of this yellow beauty from low POV in a lovely posture on a branch with nice colours and details of its plummages.
TFS and have a nice week!


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-06 9:37]

Hello Jane,
Very beautiful and interesting it catch yours.
An exceptional image.
Have a beautiful Sunday,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2009-09-06 9:53]

Hello Jane,
Very beautiful photo of this Goldfinch with its clear yellow breast and black cap. Pleasant pose and good sharpness. Excellent composition, frontal POV and eye-contact.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-06 9:58]

Hello Jane
A fine capture with beautiful colors. Well done

hello Jane
great composition with beautiful colours and good details
greeting lou

I have so noted it in my picture today Jane. I think nature both flora, trees and animals as well as birds know or have an instinct....and here we have a fine colourful example from Arizona...and what wonderful colours they are...They stick right on out..and the title makes me feel as though you knew I was coming back as well:-0

Hello Jane,
a fantastic picture of the Lesser Goldfinch taken from an excellent POV in a very lovely pose among the leaves, i like the fine details and splendid yellow tones of the plumage, wonderful composition with a very beautiful light.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2009-09-06 12:19]

Hello Jane,
This newly arrived male lesser Goldfinch is so well framed by the branches of your oak tree, his fine yellow breast and black cap contrasting well against the blue sky.
He may herald the arrival of cooler times for you but here in the north for many of us the advent of the autumn is the beginning of darkness and cold...
Yet this shot has the brightness of summer!

Hello jane, very beautiful bird and its perfect shot.
TFS and regards,

Hello jane, a lovely capture of this cute yellow bird with nice composition.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2739 W: 280 N: 4918] (19857)
  • [2009-09-06 18:43]

hello Jane,
You post a very beautiful bird, I can see why you are so excited. Nicely composed with wonderful detail and very pleasing light. Well done!! TFS.
It's funny that you are looking forward to the next couple of months, while here in the east we dread to think of what it might bring our way weather wise. I suppose it's just a trade off for all the super hot temperatures that you guys have had to endure all summer long.

Ciao Jane, lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Jane
splendid your first Goldfinch,your glances were crossed ,very beautiful shot and photo

Hello Jane,

This is such a beautiful & refreshing shot with great coloration, sharpness & lovely details. Very nice frontal POV & nicely done.

I don't know how I missed your Lesser Goldfinch...yesterday!

TFS & have a great day/week.



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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 815 W: 0 N: 2394] (10510)
  • [2009-09-07 4:06]

Hi Jane,
Beautiful bird, beautiful shots ...
Very good sharpnes and beautiful naturel colors.
Best wishes,

Hello Jane
this is very lovely Goldfinch species. it is very similar to relatives here, especially Siskin.
you nicely captured it with sharp focus, POV, composition. lovely eye contact and blue BG. good information. thanks for sharing, best regards

Hi Jane, beautiful capture with splendid details and colors, excellent pose too.
thanks for sharing,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-09-08 7:21]

Hello Jane,
Beautiful shot of this lovely goldfinch with nice details and composition.
TFS and G's,

HEy Sis!!!
I've missed quite some shots here!
What a lovely shot! I love the beautiful yellow colour of this Goldfinch!
And the lovely, no-nonsense style you've so brilliantly used once again!

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