I told you about a month and a half ago about a little yellow bird that I was chasing. It turned out to be an American Goldfinch. I didn't get the kind of picture I hoped of this bird, but the chase had been exciting. Well the bird is back, and so is the chase!
I said bird, but there were really more than one, a lot more. I was at the same place where I saw the bird the last time, near the dam at the back of the park, and I saw another one zoom through the air right past me. Then something strange happened!
Another one followed the first one! And then another and another! They went right over to the weeds next to the dam. I just knew I was going to get my picture. I walked as stealthily as I could over to where I saw them land. They saw me immediately and they all flew away. I ended up with nothing!
After I realized they weren't coming back I dejectedly walked towards the meadow area, and away from my chance of getting my picture of this goldfinch. I hoped because there were so many of these birds that I would have another chance next time, but I knew it was over for now.
Then as I arrived at my destination and turned the corner something magical happened. On a small branch up in a very close tree I saw another goldfinch sitting there waiting for me! I was quick with the camera this time, so I got several shots before it flew away. Not the best but good for now.
Even more important was the fact that I had seen where the bird flew off to this time. I thought maybe I was going to get another chance at it. The bird flew very near a fallen tree at the edge of the meadow, and I thought I could see it on one of the branches. I quickly made my way over.
As soon as I got there it flew away. But then I looked at the branches of the dead tree again and saw yet another one of these birds perched there. This one appeared to be a little different than the other one though. It didn't have that characteristic black cap! What was going on here?
It turns out that this new bird may be a female. Only the male has the black cap, and this one definitely did not. So not only did I get another photo of an American Goldfinch, I also got both a male and a female. I'd say that's a pretty good adventure for one day.