Striking Gold with Finches

The American Goldfinch is the state bird of Washington, and a lovely addition to any landscape.  In late spring – early summer (breeding time) the adult male is a brilliant yellow with sharp lines of white and black feathers.

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Adult Male American Goldfinch

The adult female is a demure lighter yellow.  Two years ago I had no Goldfinch visiting my gardens.  Thanks to the advice of my dear sister Diana, I added feeders and food that attract them.  Now I have two breeding pair, and some fledges.  They are not keen to share feeders with other breeds and are also flighty around movement.  I was able to snap this series of shots because I had been sitting still with my camera at the ready for some time.  Another joy of being in retirement.

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One Response to Striking Gold with Finches

  1. judigoldberg says:

    i finally have seduced the housefinch, what food attracts the goldfinches?

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