Highlighted by late afternoon sun, an American Goldfinch feeds.
A molting American Goldfinch and a fledgling perch on a sunflower just outside the kitchen window. I deduced it as a fledgling because it exhibited begging behaviour just before taking this photo, which may appear to be a little out of focus – I shot it through the window screen.
I mix whole shelled sunflower seed into what goes in the feeders. In wet weather I watch how much of this I put out, since it spoils so quickly.
For American Goldfinches, it’s as attractive a food as the in-shell sunflower.
A molting American Goldfinch clings to the nyger seed feeder.
It has been a cold and very dry January. Open water has been a scarce resource for the songbirds that we feed. The heated bird bath failed. I bought and put out a new one, and the American Goldfinches found it within fifteen minutes.
An American Goldfinch and a Pine Siskin peaceably share drinking from the bird bath.
This American Goldfinch is.
A male American Goldfinch blends in quite nicely.
This male American Goldfinch in molt briefly perched on the shepherd’s crook before dropping down to the nyger seed feeder.
An American Goldfinch cracks open a sunflower seed on a recent -17C morning.