Love those Goldfinches

by Deb
(Lancaster, MA, USA)

I've known about Goldfinches since I was a child, but it wasn't until I moved to a rural area, where I got to truly enjoy them.

We live in north central Massachusetts, and Goldfinches are seasonal, as I soon learned. In the summer months, they are no where to be found. Then as it started to get cooler, with fall approaching, I started to see them. They were coming to my sunflower feeders in small numbers. By the first snow, I could sit at my picture window and count them, up to 20 and 30 at a time. It wasn't until I got myself a bird book, did I realize that I wasn't just looking at all females - males loose their beautiful yellow for winter. So, I became hooked. Each morning, whether it be below zero or snowing, I would go out with Nyjer and sunflower seeds to feed my "birdies" because they would be in the trees waiting for me.

Now it is approaching summer, and I have only 1 pair left. I expect them to leave for the summer, too. I look forward to fall again, when they will come back. They are a wonderful addition to all my other backyard friends: The chickadees, nuthatches, downy, red bellied and hairy woodpeckers.

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Jun 16, 2010
Such fun to watch
by: Steph

I have a cabin in northern Arizona and have put up several thistle socks.............there are times that 8,9,or 10 goldfinches will feed from the sock at the same time........with others flying around waiting their turn! Such fun to watch and listen to!

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