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We had gale force winds today here in Scotland and I discovered this young Goldcrest on the lawn and we think it must have been blown out of its nest. However by the time I returned with my camera it had managed to get itself up onto a branch so I am very much hoping it has survived its ordeal.

Thanks for pointing out the typo, it is a Goldfinch and not Goldcrest

Brand:Canon
Lens:EF70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:14 Apr 2013 - 2:42 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Young Goldfinch
Username:AnnJ AnnJ
Uploaded:14 Apr 2013 - 9:19 PM
Tags:Close up, Garden birds, General, Goldcrest. birds, Scotland, Wildlife / nature
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HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4265 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
14 Apr 2013 - 9:33 PM

I hope the bird will be able to survive without its parents. Lovely image.

Harriet

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Graham_P
Graham_P  7 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2013 - 9:44 PM

I think you'll find it a Goldfinch Ann.
It won't be a youngster as they're only just starting to nest. Wink

Graham.

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AnnJ
AnnJ e2 Member 2AnnJ vcard Scotland
14 Apr 2013 - 9:51 PM


Quote: I think you'll find it a Goldfinch Ann.
It won't be a youngster as they're only just starting to nest. Wink

Graham.

Thanks for correcting that typo Graham, it is indeed a Goldfinch! Ann

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2013 - 10:01 PM

He does look a bit bedraggled but hopefully he's ok!
Ann

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
14 Apr 2013 - 11:20 PM

The poor wee baby... Good capture. IB

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 12:45 AM

I always mix up goldfinches and goldcrests!
A wonderful colourful bird - hope he's OK!
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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2184 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 6:49 AM

Hope it's ok,A lovely imageSmile
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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 7:29 AM

A lovely capture..he is so pretty...hope the winds have died down

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2253 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 8:40 AM

It is to early for young Goldfinch, this is an Adult who seems to be quite ill............this puffed up look can sometimes seem as if they are keeping warm but I think this one is quite poorly..................SadSadSad

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2013 - 9:01 AM

Excellent image Ann
Jim

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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 2christinecilia vcard England
15 Apr 2013 - 1:06 PM

hope he was ok great shot like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2013 - 1:16 PM

Hope he is all right, a great image AnnSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff

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AnnJ
AnnJ e2 Member 2AnnJ vcard Scotland
15 Apr 2013 - 1:35 PM

I think Natureshaven is correct in thinking that it is too early for young Goldfinches. I think the gale force winds blew this bird off a branch and he was probably stunned for a while. We found a dead siskin on the lawn about an hour later. At that point there was no sign of the Goldfinch and today there are several of them feeding from my bird feeder so I like to think he is one of these!

It is a calmer day today thank goodness!
Ann.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2013 - 11:43 PM

it is a lovely goldfinch.. we had the same horrible icy wind here which is why I have about 10% of the butterflies we had last year. Does hurt to hear about your birds, well I told them they are welcome to stay in my garden but they insisted on travelling north!, I love siskins.

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