Bird of the Week (3/23/2014): American Goldfinch

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    Magnolia15
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    The American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) is a brilliant yellow bird bearing a black cap, wings and tail, and a white rump. Weighing in at 14 grams with a length of 5 inches, goldfinches are a small bird. What they lack in size they make up for in sound though; perching birds are very talkative, emitting an almost endless supply of ear-pleasing random warbles.

    Goldfinches can be found throughout much of the central United States year round, making appearances in southern states in the winter and up north into Canada in the summer. Their breeding range extends across the northern two thirds of the U.S. and the southern half of Canada. Anyone lucky enough to come across a goldfinch nest will find four to six pale blue to white eggs in a sturdy cup of grass and plant down, built in a shrub or small sapling.

    Their repeating trill call and unique undulating flight pattern of a few wing flaps followed by a brief glide make them very easy to identify in flight.

    Attracting goldfinches to your backyard is easily achieved with feeders full of thistle or hulled sunflower seeds. Plants such as Coneflower, Sunflower, Aster, and Black-eyed Susan are sure to bring them to your garden.

    A group of goldfinches is known as a “treasury” or “vein” of goldfinches.

    Did I leave anything out? Feel free to chime in with more fun finch factoids, stories and photos.


    -birdsofthebog.com

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    Stelios
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    Those are beautiful photos Dan.  I can’t add much except to say that the American Goldfinch stays with us here in Quebec, Canada all winter long.  In fact just 15 years ago we had only about 4 or 5 pairs of American Goldfinches year round.  Now all these years later, I normally have over 20, and one count was 30 around the feeders.  This year I’m ranging from between 15 to 20.  Now I’m not sure if it’s because of all the nyger that I fill the feeders with, or the fact that I actually supply loads of it on top of my flower box which is about  36”….easy access.  There is a sad note to this…..there are fewer house finches.



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    carross
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    Great job, Dan.  I really enjoy the goldfinches, so pretty in the warmer months.  We have them year around also.  I like to hear them, so nice.

    Carol


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    steve232__nc
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    Goldfinches are a great choice for bird of the week in our first full week of spring (well its supposed to be spring anyway lol). I do consider goldfinches to be a spring bird even though we have them here year round. Its in the  spring when they put on their breeding plumage that they become such beautiful birds. Unfortunately I get lots of dandelions in my yard but the  good part if I love seeing the  bright yellow goldfinches covering my yard eating the seeds.



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    Magnolia15
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    How cool would it be to have goldfinches taking care of the dandelions!?! I’ve never seen that before.


    -birdsofthebog.com

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    Jill Staake
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    Here in Florida, I only see goldfinches in the winter, so I miss their wonderful colors. Whenever I’m up north visiting family, I make it a point to set up my camera near their bird feeders so I can catch some shots of these gorgeous birds in full breeding plumage!

    These are from Ohio:

    I have some more somewhere… I’ll have to dig them up before the week is out.


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
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    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    Last summer after we’d been in our house for just a few weeks, I awoke to see this staring in at me from outside the bedroom French doors.  He was perched on the door handle.  Luckily he stayed long enough to allow me to snap a few pictures.


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    I love these little birds and look forward to their arrival every year. Their chirping always sounds so sweet and their brights bursts of color cheer even the gloomiest, Oklahoma winter day. I miss them when they leave but know that when they leave, the hummingbirds are on their way!


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    Why won’t my photo load?


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    Stelios
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    Dellydo and Aneda, you can go to the Community Help forum, and I am sure either Jill or Mary will help you out with the photos.


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