There is Gold in Utah – American Goldfinches!

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Male American Goldfinch perched on a SunflowerMale American Goldfinch perched on a Sunflower – Nikon D810, f71.1, 1/1600, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I’ve missed posting my images and the stories behind them here. As some of you may have noticed there have been times my blog has been down for long periods of time. I believe I found the biggest issues and have fixed them.

I did get out to photograph a few days ago and although the raptors were being rather elusive some of the smaller songbirds weren’t. I was seeing finches and sparrows all over the place and I photographed some of them while they were eating seeds from Common Sunflowers.

American Goldfinch eating a sunflower seedAmerican Goldfinch eating a sunflower seed – Nikon D810, f71.1, 1/1600, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

American Goldfinches have a soft flight call that my ears instantly recognize. Listen to the fourth call down on the list on Audubon’s site, that is the one I hear most often. Because of their call I often know they are around before I even see flashes of gold. Even though the American Goldfinches are in their non-breeding plumage now I still think of them as gold.

Nonbreeding male American GoldfinchNonbreeding male American Goldfinch – Nikon D810, f71.1, 1/2000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

I always have to smile when I see or hear an American Goldfinch because they bring back memories of me sitting in my hidden garden watching flocks of them feed on the niger seed I had put out for them and the other songbirds along with suet for the woodpeckers and flying squirrels.

I’m so glad I get to see American Goldfinches here in Utah too.



  1. Mary Ann October 31, 2014 at 10:49 am

    These are wonderful Mia.
    I have the American Goldfinches in my backyard every year and I look forward to them with great anticipation. I love it when they bring their babies to feed at the niger feeder and this year they stayed until well into the fall. Thanks for keeping them alive with your pictures

  2. Elephant's Child October 28, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    The very best sort of gold.
    Welcome back – I have missed you.

    • Mia McPherson October 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

      Thank you EC. I feel like I can breathe again.

  3. John Randall October 28, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Glad to see you back online Mia!

    • Mia McPherson October 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      It is good to be back John!

  4. Lois Bryan October 28, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    They’re such darlings … I love their little “ta-WHEEET?” chirp!!!! Great images … and great to see your blog back!!!!

  5. SkyHawker4 October 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Such Wonderful Pics! Thanks Mia, always a pure joy!

  6. Stu October 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Delightful gentle images….. glad you have resolved some/most of the site issues too

    • Mia McPherson October 28, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you Stu. They are such delicately beautiful songbirds.

      I thought the server issues were going to do me in.

  7. Ian Holland October 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    You captured them well!

  8. Utahbooklover October 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Welcome back. What a beautiful image the first one is, with the black and white stripes on its back. This will help I.d. them w/o the gold.

    • Mia McPherson October 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you Utahbooklover!

  9. Jolanta October 28, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    What a beautiful pictures! Thank you 🙂

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