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Old Feb 8, 2013, 3:17 PM   #1
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Well the birds seem to know what is coming so this morning was rather busy, I counted 4 Juncos, a pair of Titmouse, 2 or 3 male bluebirds and at least one female, a pair of red bellied wood peckers, two pair of the downy wood peckers and a pair of non-breeding plumage goldfinches. With so many birds they were forced to wait their turn at the feeder which meant they had to loiter on other branches which is good for me. It was already starting to snow and the light wasn't very good but this is the best I could do (if I'd been smarter I'd have pulled out the old manual focus prime as it is f4.5).

goldfinch ( I believe female non breeding plumage)


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.......wildlife always know!

I will research the 'goldfinch non breeding plumage', that is interesting, I've never heard this before.

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On the first read I never thought past 'non breeding', think about that for a few seconds (how'd they happen)
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From all that white in the backgound, I'd say it's already there!

You've got yourself a nice spot from which to bird watch and shoot.
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We've had cold and snowy weather a lot the past few weeks (nothing like you guys are having now) and the Juncos and American Goldfinches have been hitting the feeders hard. I lived in Northern Wisconsin for a few years and loved the opportunity it afforded for taking pics of all the wildlife, including lots of birds and duck. Now I'm in the city and don't have the same opportunity so I enjoy looking at the pics everyone else posts.

I think your first two pics are of Pine Siskins, but I'm no expert. Here are two pics, one is a shot of a few Pine Siskins I took last winter. The other one is an American Goldfinch, male I think, barely starting to come into breeding plumage. Neither pic is great as they were taken through windows and are heavily cropped.

Thanks for sharing your pics. Best of luck riding out the storm.

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We've had cold and snowy weather a lot the past few weeks (nothing like you guys are having now) and the Juncos and American Goldfinches have been hitting the feeders hard. I lived in Northern Wisconsin for a few years and loved the opportunity it afforded for taking pics of all the wildlife, including lots of birds and duck. Now I'm in the city and don't have the same opportunity so I enjoy looking at the pics everyone else posts.

I think your first two pics are of Pine Siskins, but I'm no expert. Here are two pics, one is a shot of a few Pine Siskins I took last winter. The other one is an American Goldfinch, male I think, barely starting to come into breeding plumage. Neither pic is great as they were taken through windows and are heavily cropped.

Thanks for sharing your pics. Best of luck riding out the storm.

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You are correct I had not seen it before and saw it with a male goldfinch in non breeding plumage and figured it might be a mate as it was similar size and traveled together but further research confirms your take.
Your pictures are pretty good btw, thanks for sharing Laurie!
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I will research the 'goldfinch non breeding plumage', that is interesting, I've never heard this before.

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On the first read I never thought past 'non breeding', think about that for a few seconds (how'd they happen)
This is the non breeding plumage goldfinch. I hear your confusion though!


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From all that white in the backgound, I'd say it's already there!

You've got yourself a nice spot from which to bird watch and shoot.
We got a an inch or so Wednesday morning, so yeah it was a white background already!
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Nice shots, just a wee tad of graininess but it could be my monitor.
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Nice shots, just a wee tad of graininess but it could be my monitor.
Not your monitor, just pushing the limits of f5.6 and grey light. The first two were also cropped by 1/3 or so and I sharpened. It's always a balance I am still never quite satisfied with in less than sunny conditions between seeing the texture of the feathers and removing the noise which in turn removes detail.
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Yes, I see that. Your bird shots in the sun are very nice.
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