Photography of Birds – Set # 92

Set # 92


American Goldfinch  (M)


American Goldfinch (M)

American Goldfinch (M)


The American goldfinch is gregarious during the non-breeding season, when it is often found in large flocks, usually with other finches. The social hierarchy, measured by how many aggressive encounters are won by each individual, tends towards the male being dominant in the non-breeding season. During the breeding season, this finch lives in loose colonies. While the nest is being constructed, the male will act aggressively toward other males who intrude into his territory, driving them away, and the female reacts in the same way toward other females.

Eastern Towhee   (M)


Eastern Towhee (M)

Eastern Towhee (M)


Arrival and departure of eastern towhees into summer breeding grounds varies with location. According to a literature review, eastern towhees typically arrive in New York in early April and leave by the middle of November. A review of eastern towhees in New Hampshire describes arrival in late April to May with the majority departing in September. Further south, on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, migration to high-elevation areas within the Great Smoky Mountains begins as early as March. Eastern towhees typically leave these sites in October.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

15 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 92

  1. Are the goldfinches only decked out in their finery during the breeding season? If not, seeing a large flock of them sporting that brilliant plumage must be spectacular!

    • When not breeding the males are not so brilliant yellow and no black cap. The females are paler yellow mixed with white. These birds are always traveling in flocks. And yes, they are every time attracting attention. Thanks, D. 🙂

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