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Lesser goldfinch        Images © Mark A. Chappell

These male lesser goldfinches were coming to a feeder at Big Morongo Reserve in the California Desert, near Joshua Tree National Park.   In California, nearly all lesser goldfinch males are of the green-backed form shown here; the black-backed form is found well to the east.   The lower left picture shows the more subdued plumage of females.

  • digital captures, Canon 10D, 1D Mk. II, or 1D4, 500 mm IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2004, 2005, 2011)