Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Wednesday April 8, 2020 G is for Goldfinch!

2020 A to Z Challenge!
G is for the American Goldfinch! 
This handsome little finch, the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington, is welcome and common at feeders, where it takes primarily sunflower and nyjer. Goldfinches often flock with Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls. Spring males are brilliant yellow and shiny black with a bit of white. Females and all winter birds are more dull but identifiable by their conical bill; pointed, notched tail; wingbars; and lack of streaking. During molts they look bizarrely patchy.
Goldfinches are usually easy to find throughout much of North America, except in deep forests. Their po-ta-to-chip flight call draws attention to them in open country. They’re most abundant in areas with thistle plants, and near feeders.
Go to this link to hear their sounds.
And have a lovely day!


  1. Aren’t they adorable? We’ve recently spotted a goldfinch at our feeder.

  2. Kathe,

    On rare occasion a golden finch can be seen in our backyard. Their colors are so unlike the other birds that visit, that my eye is instantly drawn to their brilliant sunny hue and always puts a smile on my face. They are beautiful creatures of flight. :)

    I put my WW linky party up in today's post, Cathy's Pinup Girl #AtoZChallenge Art Sketch Series 'G'. Come join the fun!

  3. Wow, pretty bird, bright yellow! I loce its sounds too, lovely call!
    G is for Garden

  4. Even i recognize the males of this species. they are so handsome!

  5. We have American goldfinch here. They like to be near water also, I think.

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