Last week I was taking a training course and Monday afternoon I walked past a little artificial wetland - you know, the kind that pops up in the drainage area around a commerce park. Anyway, it has water and cattails and lots of wildflowers, including thistles. Monday afternoon when I passed by it on the way to the bus it was swarming with goldfinches. Of course, I didn't have my camera with me. I took it the rest of the week and although there weren't lots of finches, there were a couple.
They are such tiny birds! Hardly bigger than the thistle heads they're eating from.