Photo: Handsome Goldfinch Forages Among the Flowers

A goldfinch perched on a dead flower

Amanda Kleinman / Flickr

Our photo of the day comes from Washington D.C. We see so many wildlife photos of birds poised with a newly caught insect in the beak, that seeing one eating a scrap of flower debris seems a bit unusual. But for the goldfinch – like the one here photographed by Amanda Kleinman – it's business as usual. As Cornell Lab of Ornithology explains, "Goldfinches are among the strictest vegetarians in the bird world, selecting an entirely vegetable diet and only inadvertently swallowing an occasional insect." Right on, goldfinches! Amanda notes that the photo was taken this summer at the American University Arboretum. Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to with "photo of the day" in the subject line.