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American Goldfinch [Spinus tristis] ~ #54

After seeing the Rufous Hummingbirds we continued on the trail. I saw a flash of yellow up high and snapped a few pictures before it flew away. 71 more words


Surprise Visitor!

This beautiful American Goldfinch was a surprise visitor to our backyard this afternoon. I was quite certain these birds had all left the area as I hadn’t seen one in at least three weeks. 212 more words

Birds And Birding

Male American Goldfinch's Seasonal Plumage

Most songbirds have one complete molt every year, in the late summer. Some, like the American goldfinch, have another (partial) molt in the spring. Last fall male goldfinches molted, replacing many of their bright yellow feathers with drab, greenish-gray feathers, so that they closely resemble females during the winter. 77 more words


GBBC 2015: Join The Fun. There's Still Time!

Today (February 16, 2015) is the final day of this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count. If you haven’t joined in yet there’s still time! Just go to the… 353 more words

Birds And Birding

Where Are All the Goldfinches?

GMG reader Anita writes with a question about goldfinches ~

Hi Kim, I hope you can help me with this. I used to have lots of goldfinches. 231 more words


January goldfinches

I mistakenly thought that goldfinches left our area in the winter, so I was surprised earlier this week when I saw a group of them in the trees in my neighborhood. 211 more words