G is for (American) Goldfinch {Blogging Through the Alphabet}

Among my favorite birdfeeder visitors are goldfinches. The males are especially cheerful, in their bright-yellow garb. They remind me of sunshine!
Image by edmcdonald from Pixabay

The American Goldfinch can be found across most of North America. They prefer weedy fields, open floodplains and other overgrown areas where they can find thistles, sunflowers, asters and grasses. They like to nest in shrubs and trees. At your feeders they prefer sunflower seeds and nyjer. 
Image by skeeze from Pixabay

The males display their bright yellow during breeding, while nonbreeding males are a drab, pale brown. Nonbreeding females are brownish with black wings and whitish wing bars. Breeding females display some yellow with olive mixed in.
Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay

They are fascinating to watch in the spring, when they flock to the feeders. I remember observing that when we lived in Mississippi.

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  1. my dad always called them wild canaries.... still one of my favourite birds.

  2. We see these but this spring was the first time I had seen one when it was bright yellow. A beautiful bird.


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