The Goldfinch BoogiePosted: July 24, 2012
The goldfinches were dancing around me on my walk this morning, posing for pictures and then taking off before I could get a decent shot. They piloted me through the white pines and into the meadows where they’re collecting thistle down to line their nests. I love watching them in flight, the way they seem to bounce up and down, coast, up and down, coast, calling out to each other as they make their way around the trees and meadows.
Try as I might, there was no decent shot to be had, but I kind of like what I did get. The spot of bright yellow in the white pine tree (the first image), and the blurry goldfinch in the background of the second. Although you can’t see them well, the goldfinch presence is there.
The morning was warm and humid, but quite breezy so it didn’t feel too bad. The goldfinches are incredibly active right now so any walk will likely involve a few sightings of them bobbing around in the meadows.
The goldfinch is said to be a symbol of joy, celebration, and high energy. It always seems to me to be enjoying its life and journey, especially in flight. One of the moments I enjoyed most this morning was over by the wildflower meadow where I was searching for praying mantises. I was very still and the goldfinches must not have realized I was standing there as they popped up, one by one, out of the thistle and took off for another part of the meadow. It’s as if they were happily playing Follow the Leader.
I read somewhere that the pigment of the goldfinch is determined by its diet. The better its diet, the brighter the pigment. They are strict vegetarians for the most part. Our goldfinches must be eating well as they look bright and happy.
I reckon that’s it from the Bogs for today. Thank you for joining me on my morning walk. It’s a good day to sit out on the swim platform and dangle your feet in the water or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, go for a swim.
Have a joyous day, a wonder-filled evening, and a peaceful night. 🙂
During all these years there existed within me a tendency to follow Nature in her walks.
~ John James Audubon