Wednesday, April 24, 2019

American Goldfinch Notecard

Hello!  How are you today?  When I recently saw that the American Goldfinches in my yard were molting into their beautiful breeding plumage, I had to get out this stamp!

These birds reside in my area all year round, but are a drab color in winter.  If you catch one in the middle of its molt, it will look strange and patchy, as they do not molt all their feathers evenly.  Another interesting fact about them is that they breed later in the Spring than other songbirds, as their food of choice, the thistle, is in bloom in late Spring/Early Summer, so that is when they want those eggs to hatch!




 I colored this bird with alcohol markers.  A male American Goldfinch’s breeding plumage is a lovely bright yellow color all over, but I wanted to add a bit of shadow and texture so I added some light grey marker here and there.  

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Goldfinch stamp, Sentiment is from Quarter Sheet Dahlia, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangle dies, other items from my stash.

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Thanks for visiting today!

9 comments:

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Beautiful card, and your shading is just right. Our goldfinches are finally wearing their summer frocks too.

Carol L said...

It's a beautiful card with beautiful coloring, and I have lots of thistle for them to feast on at my place! LOL

Mac Mable said...

Thank you for the information on the American Goldfinch. What a beautiful card, full of colour and such a fabulous image x.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your coloring of this wonderful image is so fantastic. Looks so realistic too! I love that wonderful bird design.

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

You do like your birds. Interesting read about the molting. Your colouring is so nicely done and I do like that sentiment on the pop of pink.

aussie aNNie said...

Delightful and so pretty, thanks for commenting while I am away. We are having a lovely time away and it was nice to just have a play now and again to relax while having an extremely busy days...hugs..
[aussie aNNie blog] ♥ ♥

Lisa Babitz said...

You colored your images beautifully, and they stand out nicely on the white. Interesting info on the goldfinch!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautifully done, Love your coloring, how neat to have them in your yard, I have seen very few here but did put out my thistle feeder just in case.

Cat Craig said...

wonderful goldfinch...your coloring is great. Love this.