The American or Eastern goldfinch, Carduelis tristis, belongs to the finch family.
These cheeky little birds frequent the garden in all seasons. They flock to the feeders, especially before a storm, and will also flit from flower to flower in the garden looking for seeds. Here they are in their winter plumage.
The markings on their wing and tail feathers is lovely and seems a lot darker when the birds are in their summer plumage. You can pick out the finches as they fly through the garden as they move in an undulating or up and down flight path.
They love the black oil sunflower seed feeders and the nyger feeders.
Their bright canary yellow feathers (in spring and summer) make them easy to spot. Goldfinches molt and have a more dull plumage in winter. They don’t seem to mind the ice and snow and visit the feeders all the time. Seeing them in winter always brightens my day.
The short, conical beak is typical of the seed eating birds. They average about 11 cm. in length and can weight up to 11 grams.
We have a couple of feeders just for these birds, one is full of black oil sunflower seeds and the other is full of nyger seed. There is also a nyger sock feeder that they love.
A large group of goldfinches is called a charm. And they are certainly charming to see.
This photo was taken in February 2017 when the charm of goldfinches was seen swooping, landing, and hovering in the back field. I keep looking this year but haven’t seen anything yet.
I think they love our garden as we have a wild patch towards the back and I just let whatever wants to grow there, bloom and mature into seeds. I also grow lots of plants and leave the seed heads on over the winter so that they can find food and give us enjoyment as we watch them.
We have a hanging mesh feeder that they love to land on and enjoy a snack. It does hang outside all year but the above photos were taken in the summer time.
I love revisiting the photo archives and older posts during the winter months. I get tired of seeing snow and snowy photos, and I’m sure you do to. So I’m enjoying myself dreaming of gardening season and colourful birds and plants. Some of the posts have older photos along with newer ones.
lots more lens friends