American Goldfinch May 21st, 2009 Near Brandon, South Dakota Canon 50D, 400 5.6LAmerican Goldfinch

Basics: The American Goldfinch is also known as the “Yellow finch” and can be identified by it’s bright yellow coloring, nicely trimmed in black. These birds are a social flock that travel usually in large numbers. The bright coloring is most evident in early spring, as their winter color is a very dull version of the above.  

Housing: Most yellow finches will not nest in a bird house, but may use a basket-style house with a fairly open top as a base for building a nest. They will sometimes also use a regular birdhouse for temporary shelter.

Food: Finches like smaller seeds such as aster, sunflower, dandelion and especially thistle.

How to attract: The easiest way to attract these birds is with a mesh bag feeder or a nyjer tube feeder full of Niger Thistle Seeds.

Fact: A group of these birds are called a charm of goldfinches. Primarily, this species is monogamous!

 

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