Treasury of American Goldfinches at Bear River MBR

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American Goldfinches at Bear River MBRAmerican Goldfinches at Bear River MBR – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Last week I found a small flock of American Goldfinches foraging on the auto tour route at Bear River MBR and I was able to capture a few images of them before they took off in a rush. The light was not the best and these finches moved around often so I felt fortunate to be able to capture even a few sharp images of them as they fed and foraged.

The American Goldfinches are in their nonbreeding plumage at this time of the year which is much duller than their bright yellow breeding plumage. They are a bit easier to spot in breeding plumage than nonbreeding plumage because they stand out better from their surroundings. This is another species of bird that I often hear before I see them.

A few interesting facts about American Goldfinches:

  • American Goldfinches molt twice a year, the only member in their family to molt in the spring.
  • American Goldfinches have also been called “eastern goldfinches” and “lightning birds”.
  • A group of goldfinches can be called a “charm”, “rush”, “treasury” or “vein” of goldfinches.

Because American Goldfinches have a broad range in North America most people have seen and heard these birds and because they come to feeders readily many people have seen them close up mixed in with other birds at their feeders.

I enjoyed photographing the flock of American Goldfinches I saw at Bear River and was delighted to watch them foraging along the roadside.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover December 7, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Very informative post and nice image too. Thanks!

  2. Elephants Child November 28, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    A collective noun I didn’t know – and love.
    And a charming small bird to go with it.

  3. Azstu November 28, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Great collective Noun use of the word Treasury!

  4. Laura Culley November 28, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Just lovely! And I’m with you on the “treasury” of goldfinches! I like that best! Thank you for these little lovelies this morning!

  5. Patty Chadwick November 28, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I always love to see these little lumps of sunshine at my feeder…especially wnen they are in their most showy, golden state. Their “Sweet! Sweet! Sweet!” sound is equally pleasing. I didn’t know the names a flock of them went by, but think a treasury or a charm of them is perfect.

  6. April Olson November 28, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Treasury of Goldfinches, I like that term. I have a treasury this year in my yard. All I need is a rainbow to my pot of gold.

  7. November 28, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Love that and didn’t know goldfinches are a treasury, a charm, a vein. Perfect! Thanks for that this morning. True gold.

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