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A Wandering Goldfinch

We don’t see them every year, especially here in the Dragoon Mountains, but today the feeder area was graced by a bird I’ve been trying to get a good photograph of since we moved to Arizona — a Lawrence’s Goldfinch. It was even a male! Their appearance in Arizona is “irregular” meaning a few might be seen each year but large numbers of them only occur irregularly. They come from the west (California) and since there have been quite a few early reports of this species from around the area, it looks to be one of those “irruptive” years. Now if I could just get so lucky with an Evening Grosbeak……

Lawrence's Goldfinch (Spinus lawrencei)

Lawrence’s Goldfinch (Spinus lawrencei), male

Published by Arlene Ripley on November 18th, 2012 Tagged Arizona, Birds, Cochise County, Dragoon Mountain Foothills, Nature

One Response to “A Wandering Goldfinch”

  1. Tyler Bell Says:

    D’oh! That would be a lifer! Need to come to your place when the Black-chinned Sparrows and Lawrence’s Goldfinches are there. Need to retire first 😉