A couple of American goldfinch, a male and a female, came early yesterday morning to our new bird feeder. I have been wanting a bird feeder forever. We usually make our own, but this time I found one made of recycled materials for a very reasonable price.
I noticed these pretty yellow birds and quickly grabbed my camera. I was only able to take one photo before they flew off, and this is the one. I hope they visit again!
I find it interesting to look up more information about birds and plants I see, especially in the Handbook of Nature Study. I often share little bits of this information with Celeste. I like the descriptions in the book, here is one about the goldfinch:
"In summer, the male has bright yellow plumage with a little black cap "pulled down over his nose" like that of a grenadier. He also has a black tail and wings with white-tipped coverts and primaries....In winter the male dons a dress more like that of his mate; he loses his black cap but keeps his black wings and tail." Handbook of Nature Study, page 55.
|From Audubon's Birds of America|
At the Guardian book sale last week, I found Audubon's Birds of America, a 1950 edition. I picked it up for Celeste because she loved reading A Nest for Celeste. Audubon, his apprentice in particular, is featured in the story. She appreciated my find very much.
I also found two small bird guides, The Blue Book of Birds of America and The Green Book. It has a copyright of 1931. The illustrations are vintage looking and I really like that!
One can never have too many nature guides, right?!