May 5, 2021
American Gold Finch
the image below is of a male American Goldfinch and a juvenile, probably male. I’d say it could be a female, but they are usually more brown/yellow. The bright yellow one seemed to be acting more like a parent than a mate. That’s what I observed anyway.
I’m definitely going to have to do some research and find out of Pine Siskin are common to my area… actually, both birds.
range map: (provided by birds of the world)
“Their po-ta-to-chip flight call draws attention to them in open country. They’re most abundant in areas with thistle plants, and near feeders.” (allaboutbirds.org)
In Spanish they are called Jilguero Yanqui
In French Chardonneret jaune
Native thistle and other composite plants are suggested plants that attract American Gold Finch, as well as native milkweed. For a while I kept a bird feeder with thistle in it, not in my gardens, as I didn’t want the thistle taking over. I stopped for a while because I started having trouble with squirrels. This spring, I started adding thistle to certain feeders again. The one that the bear got ahold of last spring, I fixed and put in one of my shade gardens, and I got a cheap, plastic feeder that I put in the middle of the back yard near the deck.
The images on the left are of the cheapie finch feeder. It easy enough to move when it comes time to mow. The images on the right are of my “shade” garden, with mostly wildflowers. I doesn’t bother me having that feeder there, as it’s easy enough to mow down when needed (springtime). I don’t necessarily want thistle growing in my other gardens, as the flower will take over and possibly crowd out other flowers.
Images of the bear damaged bird feeder…in case you missed the earlier post. I have this screen tape that I bought so I could fix screens when they got damaged (from cats, birds flying into the screen, accidents, whatever) and it worked perfectly patching up the holes.
Anyway, I’ve been rambling…so back to the Gold Finches.
~ The GoldFinch
Some cool facts:
It is a sure sign of exuberance, liveliness and enthusiasm in your current world. They are here to remind you to enjoy life and savor each moment for the joy that is in it. Perhaps it’s simply time to celebrate who you are, your accomplishments or just for the sheer fun of it. You are reminded that life is for living – and that each moment you waste on sending forth negative emotions such as fear, hatred and anger are moments that are forever lost. Find joy in the now.
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