A Touch of Gold

Once in a while, when I least expect it… boom! A couple of American Goldfinches show up for a short but delightful visit! They are very nice looking birds, their plumages are bright and virtually hard to miss in contrast with the green surrounding backyard.

Before I ever shot a picture of an American Goldfinch, they used to just fly by and skip my backyard a few years back, I was feeling a bit left out because I could see them in other backyards very often and I wanted to photograph them so badly…until one day when they decided to stop by and try feeding there, from that day they have been visiting my backyard!

These birds have refined features with a more delicate appearance compared to other finches such as the House Finches. However they are not very distant when it comes to sharing meals and getting along well in groups.


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Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101

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19 thoughts on “A Touch of Gold

  1. Here, in British Columbia, HJ, they are predominant. I have counted upwards of 65 at one time in our Red Maple, jockeying for a perch at the hanging feeders, and sharing space with House Finches, Chickadees, Juncos, Redpolls, Siskins, etc. However, we only feed in late Autumn and Winter through until May–and exclusively black oil sunflower seeds, and suet. As you know, they molt and go to a distinguished olive green in Winter. They have been bred with domesticated Canaries, but the offspring are always a ‘one off’ and don’t go on to establish a lineage (or so I’ve read).

    • You’re right Lance, that’s their preferred breeding grounds and then they move south. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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