A short time ago I had a mystery beetle to identify, but this week, it’s a mystery bird. We don’t often get brightly coloured songbirds here, so when this yellow bird landed on the fencing of my garden, I rushed to get the camera. I barely had time to find the bird in my viewfinder when it took off. Hence the blurry photo.
Later it came back and, again, I rushed to get the camera. Again it was a blurry photo, and the bird immediately flew away.
I snapped wildly in the general direction of the bird’s flight and thought, at first, that I had missed it. But when I zoomed in on the photo, I found it in the top right-hand corner. It’s too tiny to see what it is, so I saved a zoomed photo of that part that I circled below.
It’s still blurry, but it was enough that I could see the colours of the back and the wing markings.
I’ve determined that it is an American goldfinch.
If it ever sits still for longer than a few seconds, I might someday get a clearer picture of it. Meanwhile, it sang to me:
I heard that your birdfeeder has some good seeds,
They’re oh so delicious for filling my needs.
You want to take pictures of me in your yard,
But sitting still long is quite risky and hard.
I’ve seen that big hawk that is hanging around,
I make it my mission that I won’t be found.
It’s why I’m so nervous and seem to be flighty,
But when I sit still long, the danger is mighty.