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American Goldfinch

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The American Goldfinch First shows up at my feeders around mid April and by September they are all  gone. But when they are here it is common to see these beautiful little birds.American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch By Robert LoganThey 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, about 11 to 13 cm long while its wingspan is 19 to 22 cm.

The American Goldfinch has a pointed and conical 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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