I have often heard people refer to American Goldfinches as “Wild Canaries.” Males in summer are resplendent in brilliant yellow, accented with a black cap and with the black wing and tail with flashes of white.
Goldfinch diet consists mainly of seeds and I saw about 2 dozen of them at Col. Sam Smith Park harvesting seeds from Knapweed and other plants.
The air is aglow with the glint and whirl
Of swift wild wings in their homeward flight,
Sapphire, emerald, topaz, and pearl.
Afloat in the evening light. – Sarojini Naidu (1879–1949)
Great photos today, Miles! 🙂
Interesting to think of goldfinches as wild canaries but they sure resemble canaries. Great photos of the bright yellow colouring of the male birds…. Almost lift off the page ! I very much enjoy your postings. Thank you.
gorgeous!!!! thanks Miles