Wild Bird Wednesday #108

The American Goldfinches are visiting the feeder throughout the day now. They are late nesters, usually in June or July. The link will take you to the All About Birds website from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. You will be able to hear their song and read more about them. Did you know they are the only finch that molts its body feathers twice a year? 

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

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42 thoughts on “Wild Bird Wednesday #108

    • In September they start to lose their feathers, a complete molt takes 6-8 weeks, Colline. They will then be dressed in “khaki” with the black wing bars with white patterning. In spring, they will begin to change back to the brighter colors. It took me awhile to identify them the first winter they visited.


  1. I didn’t know that about the molting. Goldfinches used to come to our old house but I’ve never seen one here. Sometimes we get their plainer cousins the Pine Siskins but they just aren’t as pretty!


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