American Goldfinch

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This morning I dropped by an open field near Jay . The field used to be a horse farm, though the property is owned by the church I attend. The horse farm is gone, but the fields are still there, and I thought I’d see what may be there. I was only there for about 20 minutes, but it was pretty fun. I saw nothing out of the ordinary (about 24 species), but it’s very promising. Last summer I often saw Swallow-tailed Kites roosting in a tree in these fields.

This morning my biggest photographic highlight was seeing an American Goldfinch perch in a tree near me.I think it’s fun that he starting to get the yellow face and black cap of his breeding plumage.I had to manual focus for these images. My autofocus quit working this morning, but when I returned to the car, I removed my lens, grabbed my lens cloth and wiped down the contacts, and all is fine. Anyway, thankfully a good number of my goldfinch photos turned out sharp.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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Mad Beitmann
Mad Beitmann

I was at Blanchard this afternoon. Saw a few different species, but only had my cell. I need to put the DSLR by the door so I won't forget it. Thanks for your nice pics!

Susan Lee

What fine studies of this doughty little bird! I especially like the pose with the budded-out leaves (3rd photo) , thanks so much for sharing these 🙂

Susan Lee

What fine studies of this doughty little bird! I especially like the pose with the budded-out leaves (3rd photo) , thanks so much for sharing these 🙂