Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/05/03

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Subject: [Leica] IMG: One Last Goldfinch
From: wildlightphoto at (
Date: Sat May 3 09:03:23 2008

Matthew Hunt <> wrote:

>Here is a (European, adult) Goldfinch in my garden last summer.  I had the
>M8 on a tripod and used a long rubber bulb cable release.  This has been a
>fun bit of ornithology!  I think he is beautiful.

Very pretty bird!  BTW early English-speaking europeans crossing the pond to 
north america often gave familiar names to the unfamiliar but 
similar-appearing north american birds resulting in confusion centuries 
later.  For example the American Robin is more closely related to the 
european Blackbird than to the european Robin and the north american 
blackbirds are in a different family altogether.  However with the 
Goldfinches the early pond-hoppers got it right: the european Goldfinch and 
the American Goldfinch are in the same genus Carduelis and so they are more 
closely related than the european Robin is to the American Robin or the 
Blackbird is to the american blackbirds.

Here's my Carduelis contribution, the Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria):

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento