Not so gold in winter

3 goldfinches

Three American Goldfinches at the tube feeder.

cardinal and goldfinches

Two goldfinches and a cardinal at the hopper feeder.

American Goldfinch

One goldfinch on the ground under the hopper feeder.

This handsome little finch, the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington, is welcome and common at feeders, where it takes primarily sunflower and nyjer. Goldfinches often flock with Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls. Spring males are brilliant yellow and shiny black with a bit of white. Females and all winter birds are more dull but identifiable by their conical bill; pointed, notched tail; wingbars; and lack of streaking.

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