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American Goldfinch Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: There may not be a single bird species I see more often and more regularly than American Goldfinches. We have a very large thistle (niger) feeder in our yard, and regardless of time of year, it usually attracts a lot of attention from goldfinches.  The nice thing about them is that they're around all year long, and the winter months are when they typically are most commonly at my feeders. For such a common bird, it's not a species I have "the" photo of yet.  I have a lot of photos of them, mind you, but most are "grab" shots, shots of opportunity, rather than my seeking out that perfect shot.  For now, this shot of a bright summer male in 2009 near Brandon, South Dakota is my favorite.

American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 1 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 2 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 3 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 4 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 1

June 11th, 2006

Beaver Creek Nature Area, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 2

May 18th, 2008

Beaver Creek Nature Area, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 3

June 17th, 2006

Beaver Creek Nature Area, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 4

October 10th, 2004

Outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 5 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 6 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 7 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 8 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 5

October 10th, 2004

Outdoor Campus, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 6

July 2nd, 2006

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 7

May 18th, 2008

Beaver Creek Nature Area, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 8

May 18th, 2008

Beaver Creek Nature Area, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 9 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 10 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 11 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 12 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 9

May 18th, 2008

Beaver Creek Nature Area, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 10

May 21st, 2009

Near Brandon, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 11

May 21st, 2009

Near Brandon, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 12

May 11th 2009

Brandon, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 13 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 14 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 15 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 16 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 13

March 21st, 2010

Perry Nature Area near Sioux Falls, S.Dakota

American Goldfinch 14

July 2009

Brandon, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 15

May 2nd, 2010

Brandon, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 16

May 16th, 2011

Brandon, South Dakota

American Goldfinch 17 - Spinus tristis

American Goldfinch 17

May 16th, 2011

Brandon, South Dakota

Click here for the species description page for the American Goldfinch.


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