Female Lesser Goldfinch


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This lovely little finch has just touched down on this thistle seed head when I discovered her. I took pictures, thinking it was just a small American Goldfinch. Afterward, when I studied the characteristics in my bird book, I realized it was a Lesser Goldfinch, the first one I have ever seen. They move and feed in small groups, but I only saw one male on another thistle seed head. The Male was too far abroad to photograph and busy eating seeds. The female darted through the plants at high speeds, and these were the only two that I could find.

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