Category Archives: Finches

A Change of (Bird) Seasons

I still have plenty of “snowbirds” (Dark-eyed Juncos)┬ávisiting my platform feeders and hopping around in the grass in my backyard. But I know it’s spring because the goldfinches have finally molted from their drab olive-gray winter feathers into their spring … Continue reading

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Feather Find

It takes a little longer to identify American Goldfinches at birdfeeders in the fall and winter because they molt in September and October and become much more inconspicuous. The beautiful, bright-yellow males are hard to miss in the summer: But … Continue reading

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Goofy Goldfinch

For the last week or so a goldfinch has attacked my bay window one or more times each day. I assume he’s a juvenile bird since his feathers aren’t the bright, rich, golden-yellow color of the other adult males and … Continue reading

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Morning Morsel

It was the shrieking Blue Jays that captured my attention. There were three of them but they made enough noise for twelve. When I looked up into the tree it was the flock of goldfinches that surprised me the most. … Continue reading

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Commonplace Customers

All summer I wondered if the wildfires in Canada would affect the conifer crops and drive some of the irruptive species further south this winter. I miss the comical Red-breasted Nuthatches. I think it’s been about three years since I’ve … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch Scale

Soon I’m going to need to invent a logarithmic scale for counting goldfinches. The tiny birds have taken over my backyard and I every time I do a count the number grows exponentially. Last Monday I was impressed to count … Continue reading

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Goldfinches in the Snow

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Rainbow of Finches

I’ve been enjoying my little flock of House Finches. I’ve seen very few of them over the last decade or so, but this winter there are always several at the feeders. What’s interesting about House Finches is their coloring. The … Continue reading

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Sneaky Siskins

When the cold weather returned recently, so did the finches. The goldfinches were joined by many more Pine Siskins this time. From a distance the finches all look the same, but you can pick out the Pine Siskins by the … Continue reading

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Finch Frenzy?

The 2014-15 Winter Finch Forecast indicates that a number of tree seed crops did poorly in Canada this year, so Purple Finches and Common Redpolls could show up at feeders further south. I have already seen more Purple and House … Continue reading

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