Guest Author - Lisa Shea
For many, the bright yellow goldfinch is a herald of spring. The males are a golden yellow during mating season, while the females are a duller yellow-brown color. The American Goldfinch, Cardeulis tristic is around 5" long and loves thistle and small seeds.
The song of this bird is much like a canary, with light, gentle notes. The goldfinch ranges from Canada right down and across to California. Often they move south for the winter, but goldfinches are known to spend winters even in the snowy, northern states. They like open woods and edges of lawns.
Video of a Flock of Goldfinches Feeding (1.4mb MPG)
WAV file of a goldfinch warbling
Summertime American Goldfinch Photos
Wintertime American Goldfinch Photos