The American Goldfinch

Posted: May 19, 2014 in Articles, Videos
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In the time that has elapsed since we got our bird feeders, the number of birds that have come to them has been steadily increasing. At first we were a little discouraged because no birds would come. They would just fly over and perch on the top of the pole that the feeders are hanging on, but they never ate the food. Then finally a few brave birds started eating the food, and just today, we saw several cardinals, a few catbirds, a tufted titmouse, and a goldfinch, which we filmed eating:

The American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) is a migrating bird that belongs to the finch family and is the only one in that family that goes through a complete molt. In the summer, males are a bright yellow while the females are a dull yellow brown color. In the winter, they (male & female) turn to an olive green color. They can usually be found in residential areas (like ours. We see them every summer.) and are attracted to bird feeders. If you want to hear their call, you can listen to it here.

If you’re wondering what kind of seed we used to draw these birds, we used Lyric Bird Seed. By the way, sorry for the hazy quality that the pictures have, but we had to get them through a window.

by John

  1. Libby says:

    Great photos , lovely bird.

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