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Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
The Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) breeds across much of the western United States and Mexico. There are two distinct races in the U.S., the "black-backed" race in Texas and the "green-backed" race west of Colorado, including the Arizona birds. Males of both races are green-backed their first year, leading to many incorrect identifications of the green-backed race in Texas. To the right are two shots of different male green backed birds from Arizona taken in Tucson, Pima Co., Arizona, in April, 2003, with a Canon EOS 10D and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The female Lesser Goldfinch on the right was a moulting bird in the Davis Mountains, Jeff Davis Co., Texas, during August, 1997. The shot was taken with a Canon T-90 and Sigma 500mm F/4.5 Lens on Fuji Sensia film.
The female Lesser Goldfinch here was also in the Davis Mountains of west Texas, but in June, 2005. This was a digital shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender.
The next 4 shots were taken in Concan, Uvalde Co., Texas, in April, 2008, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender. The bird shown here is a young molting male while two adult males are shown in the following shots. The 4th shot down is of a female. These birds are the black-backed race of lesser Goldfinch commonly seen in Texas and are quite different in appearance from the green-backed birds from Arizona shown above.
The next 4 shots of Lesser Goldfinch were taken in Austin, Travis Co., Texas, in February, 2010, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens.
The next seven shots show a male Lesser Goldfinch, apparently of the southwestern "green-backed" form, at Bosque del Apache N.W.R., Socorro Co., New Mexico, in November, 2011. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens.
The next two images show male Lesser Goldfinches at a thistle feeder in Dripping Springs, Hays Co., Texas, in February, 2012.
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
male - left
female - right
Charro Ranch Park,
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
8 February 2014
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
male - perched in Agarita
(Mahonia trifoliata)
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
17 February 2015
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
female
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
19 February 2015
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
immature male
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
19 February 2015
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
female
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
19 February 2015
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
male
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
19 February 2015
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
male
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
25 February 2015
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
male
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
25 February 2015
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
male
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
25 February 2015
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
female
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
7 March 2015
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
male
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
7 March 2015
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
male
Four Points area.
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
25 May 2016
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
male
Four Points area.
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
25 May 2016
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
male
Four Points area.
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
25 May 2016
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
male
Four Points area.
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
25 May 2016
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
male
Four Points area.
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
25 May 2016
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
male
Four Points area.
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
25 May 2016
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
female at thistle plant
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
4 May 2017
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
female at thistle plant
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
4 May 2017
Lesser Goldfinch
Spinus psaltria
female at thistle plant
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
4 May 2017