American Goldfinch



The other day I was debating whether the new Backyard Birds I was seeing were Pine Warblers or American Goldfinches.  I settled on the bird being a Pine Warbler.

Pine Warbler Posing

Pine Warbler Posing

I finally figured out how to tell the difference between a Pine Warbler and an American Goldfinch.

The beak on the Pine Warbler (above) is a bit more narrow and long compared to the American Goldfinch (below).  Also, and most telling, the Pine Warbler has yellow running down the breast, whereas the American Goldfinch just has yellow around the head and neck.

American Goldfinch Picking At Seed

American Goldfinch Picking At Seed

American Goldfinch After Preening

American Goldfinch After Preening

Robert Gerhart - I too have flocks of Goldfinch at my feeder.
The feeder hangs from a pole. I have had to smear the pole with grease to keep the squirrels from climbing it. A finch lit in the grease on the pole. Its breast stuch to it as well as each wing spread and one stuck above its body and one below its body.

I went out and carefully pulled it free. I sat it on top of the feeder and it just looked at me as I had my face close to it. I was afraid it had been hurt as it had some feathers missing from its breast. I picked it up and checked it over and sat it down and about 5 seconds later it flew away. It seemed to be scared, but realized I was trying to help it.February 14, 2011 – 11:05 am

texdr - Good news on the Finch, although I guess it was freaked out just a bit.

I too have a problem with Squirrels, and although I thought I’d try a new method this weekend and put out corn in areas away from the feeders, those dang squirrels are completely ignoring the corn.

I may have to just move my feeder further from the fence. The tend to jump from there to the feeder, or climb a plant, then jump to the feederFebruary 14, 2011 – 9:15 pm

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