The American Goldfinch
First shows up at my feeders around mid April and by September
are all gone. But when they are here it is common to see these beautiful
They can be seen in all areas of Vancouver Island and they are regular visitors to
bird feeders all summer long.
The American Goldfinch is
a member of the finch family. It is quite small, up to 13 cm long while its
wingspan is up to 22 cm.
The American Goldfinch has a pointed bill
which is usually pink except in
the spring when it turns orange. Its body color
ranges from a bright yellow to a dull brown. The wings are dark brown, almost
black, with white wing bars while the tail is short and notched and is white
underneath. However, the colors of the feathers vary depending on the sex of the
bird as well as the season of the year.
The American Goldfinch prefers to nest in trees located in open spaces.
Roadside trees and forest edge trees surrounding fields are among the preferred
locations of the American Goldfinch.
The American Goldfinch is well known for
being a very good nest builder.
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