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Nature Journal - An American Goldfinch Perched On Our Spring Branch

Updated: Apr 17, 2023



watercolor nature journal of an American Goldfinch
Watercolor by M


Did you know:

  1. American Goldfinches are the only finch species in North America to molt twice a year. Their winter plumage is drab olive-gray, but in spring, they molt into bright yellow with black and white accents on their wings and tail.

  2. Male American Goldfinches sing from high perches to attract females, and their song is a cheerful warble, sometimes compared to "potato-chip, potato-chip."

  3. American Goldfinches are strict vegetarians and primarily feed on seeds from sunflowers, thistles, and other plants. They can eat up to their body weight in seeds each day!

  4. American Goldfinches are monogamous and mate for life. They build intricate nests made of soft materials such as plant fibers and animal hair.

  5. American Goldfinches are a migratory bird species, and during the winter, they move south to warmer areas like Mexico and southern Florida.

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Wildlife garden tips:

  • To attract American Goldfinches to your garden, provide a variety of native plants that produce seeds, such as sunflowers and coneflowers.

  • Offer fresh water, either in a birdbath or a small water feature like a fountain or pond.

  • Avoid using pesticides in your garden, as they can harm not only the birds but also the insects they rely on for food.

American Goldfinches are delightful visitors to any backyard garden. By providing food, water, and shelter, you can create a welcoming habitat for them and enjoy their beautiful songs and colors.

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