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American Goldfinch


American Goldfinch
Photo Information
Copyright: Travis Truelove (wildlife) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 42] (259)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS w/ 1.4 extender, Handheld in Sports Mode
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-25 2:45
Viewed: 2681
Points: 6
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Cool Facts
•American Goldfinches are the only finch that molts its body feathers twice a year, once in late winter and again in late summer. The brightening yellow of male goldfinches each spring is one welcome mark of approaching warm months.
•American Goldfinches breed later than most North American birds. They wait to nest until June or July when milkweed, thistle, and other plants have produced their fibrous seeds, which goldfinches incorporate into their nests and also feed their young.
•Goldfinches are among the strictest vegetarians in the bird world, selecting an entirely vegetable diet and only inadvertently swallowing an occasional insect.
•When Brown-headed Cowbirds lay eggs in an American Goldfinch nest, the cowbird egg may hatch but the nestling seldom survives longer than three days. The cowbird chick simply can’t survive on the all-seed diet that goldfinches feed their young.
•Goldfinches move south in winter following a pattern that seems to coincide with regions where the minimum January temperature is no colder than 0 degrees Fahrenheit on average.
•As of May 2007, the oldest known American Goldfinch was 10 years 5 months old.
•Paired-up goldfinches make virtually identical flight calls; goldfinches may be able to distinguish members of various pairs by these calls.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/american_goldfinch/id


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Hi Travis
Beautiful photo with good composition and wonderful colours.
Regards,
Christodoulos

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-25 4:56]

Hi,
Very cute little finch in fine frame, good image. tfs.
nagraj.v

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2011-01-25 6:56]

Hello travis
Good POv and sharp image.light détail and Colors are very Nice.i also l'île thé pose.
Tfs michel

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