Cassin’s Finches of the Centennial Valley of Montana

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Male Cassin's Finch perched on a lichen covered fence postMale Cassin’s Finch perched on a lichen covered fence post – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Yesterday started off foggy but there were a few breaks in the fog early on and once when that happened there was a “charm” of Cassin’s Finches feeding on Dandelion seeds within range. A group of finches is sometimes called a “company”, “trembling” or “charm” of finches. These Cassin’s Finches charmed me for sure.

A Saucy looking male Cassin's FinchA Saucy looking male Cassin’s Finch- Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Cassin’s Finch males look to me like they have been dipped in raspberry juice and that color is very vibrant especially in sweet light.

There were more males than females feeding on the seed heads but I did take a few images of the females too that I will post at a later date.

Male Cassin's Finch nibbling on Dandelion seedsMale Cassin’s Finch nibbling on Dandelion seeds- Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The Centennial Valley continues to delight and amaze me with the variety of birds that call it home and I hope to see many more before I head back to Utah.

Yesterday I was glad to observe and photograph these Cassin’s Finches of the Centennial Valley of Montana.

Life is good

Mia

PS, I hope these images look fine, I am doing my editing on my lap top while I am away

4 Comments

  1. Elephant's Child June 12, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Love that hair do. And the colour.

  2. Patty Chadwick June 12, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Great images of a cute saucy looking little bird…love the raised crest and how similar their feet resemble the wrapped barbs of the wire…especially like tye first with the wood and lichens…hope all is going well, birds,weather, Ron and gear cooperating!!!

  3. Utahbooklover June 12, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Wonderful images, especially the first. So similar to the common House Finch, thanks.

  4. Humming Bird Lover June 12, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Hi! Great shots! The color is so bright! Love to see these birds! When it gets really hot here in Va. they drink up-side down on my humming bird feeders! Have a great day!

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