American Goldfinch, Spinus tristis: Horse Cove, near Gurley, Alabama
This American Goldfinch, perched in a sweet gum sapling, was shot this afternoon at my home. Goldfinches are fully molted into breeding now and should begin nesting when the thistle begins to bloom. They are continuously zipping to and from my feeders all day along with a flock of Pine Siskins, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and a slew of residents. Soon, both the siskins and grosbeaks will be moving on north. I hope to see them at Magee Marsh in about a week or so.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/100 second @ f/8