Tuesday, July 22, 2014


While the hummingbird population has settled down to locals only (the rest have traveled to their more northern migrations), the goldfinches have claimed the bird feeder.  I have several pair for sure as regular visitors, but there may be even more.  Sophie and I are totally entertained with both their vibrant colors and acrobatics.  Evidently Washington State is not the only state to claim them as their state bird, however:

Washington designated the willow goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) as the official state bird in 1951. Also called American goldfinch or wild canary, the male goldfinch has a bright yellow body with black wings and tail, and black on top of his head. The female's plumage is more muted with an olive-yellow body and dark brown tail and wings (the male goldfinch also displays this same dull plumage in the winter months).
Active and acrobatic little birds, goldfinches fly with a bouncy, undulating pattern The diet of the goldfinch consists mainly of seeds. The American goldfinch is also the state bird of Iowa and New Jersey.


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