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Goldfinches on Two Sides of the Pond


After seeing my Mystery Bird post last week, a fellow blogger sent me photos of finches he had visiting at his location. It was interesting to compare the different colour patterns.

My goldfinch was the American version on the North American side of the pond. Here are the two blurry pictures I was able to manage to capture of these flighty birds.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, in the UK, my blogging friend Jeff Grant took these pictures of the European version of the goldfinch.

They are often hard to photograph. These birds don’t want to hang around long enough for zooming or focusing, but isn’t it amazing to find so many of them (at least 14) together in one place.

Thank you for these photos, Jeff.

I wanted to show the colour differences between the two variations – the European and the American goldfinches – but they are too far away to see the colours clearly. Concerned about copyright violations, I didn’t want to use an Internet photo, so I did a daring thing. I sketched a bird and coloured it in my own amateur way, trusting that my blogging friends would forgive my lack of artistic talent and concentrate on the colours that identify the European goldfinch.

Here is my effort at avoiding copyright violation with my own drawing.

European Goldfinch

I would love to see these goldfinches in such numbers where I live. That would be so amazing.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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24 thoughts on “Goldfinches on Two Sides of the Pond

  1. Those are the ones that we have here. Lovely drawing!

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  2. The relationship is obvious from your friend’s photos, and your drawing is great. They are flitty birds, although when they arrive here, they often will hang on our crepe myrtles and pick seeds from the trees’ pods. It gives people a better chance at photos. Otherwise? They’re so active I’ve never gotten a sharp photo of them. I’ve tried a thistle feeder, since that’s said to be their favorite, but they ignored it.

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  3. Nicely done, Anneli.
    Both attractive birds but I’m partial to our sunny yellow version.

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  4. A flash of colour is always welcome in the back yard or forest. Some birds are just to active to get clear photos of. Good job on the drawing Anneli. Cheers. Allan


  5. I find drawing a bird carefully, even if it looks wrong when I’m done, is a great way to learn the markings for identification. So fun seeing the two different goldfinches side-by-side.

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  6. Lovely post Anneli. What a good drawing job you’ve done too. And it’s interesting, as Kit Dunsmore says, to see the two variants of goldfinch together like this. I think my photograph of the fourteen of them together was probably a leaving party – now Spring’s really here they’re all off mating!

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  7. Your drawing is great! The colour variations are interesting. Finches are very busy birds so it’s always difficult to get photos of them. So pretty to have those little yellow ones coming through, though. I always enjoyed the summer finches very much. Cheers.

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  8. What IS happening to all the birds? Going the way of butterflies? These are lovely, Anneli.

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  9. Wow. A writing talent AND an artistic talent. That was a really good likeness, Anneli. I wouldn’t even attempt to draw a stick figure let alone your bird. Very well done. And yes, it’s interesting how the birds vary from place to place. I saw so many different ones when we had our bird feeder. I also saw some different coloring on birds from my dad’s place in Wisconsin compared to where I live in Illinois only 80 miles away.
    P.S. Are you aware of the settings on search engines where you can do a search for photos that are free to use and share? You don’t near as many to choose from though.

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  10. Your drawing was perfect for showing off the details, Anneli. I’d also love to have beautiful little birds in those quantities. We have mourning doves, pigeons, and stellar jays by the bazillion. They scare off the little guys.

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  11. Anneli, thanks so much for sharing the contrast between these colorful birds on both sides of the pond. Your own colorful image turned out quite well.

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