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Sunday, March 11, 2007

American Goldfinch

There he was, just singing and singing in the top of this tree. I couldn't even see him until he flew to this branch from another.

According to All About Birds (see link in my list of links)

A familiar and abundant small colorful bird, the American Goldfinch is frequently found in weedy fields and visiting feeders. It shows a particular fondness for thistles, eating the seeds and using the down to line its nest.

  • Small bird.
  • Bill small, pointed, conical, and pink.
  • Body bright yellow to dull brown.
  • Wings dark with large white wingbars.
  • Tail short and notched.
  • Breeding male bright yellow with black cap and wings.
  • Size: 11-13 cm (4-5 in)
  • Wingspan: 19-22 cm (7-9 in)
  • Weight: 11-20 g (0.39-0.71 ounces)

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I am a retired Middle School Science teacher from Michigan spending 4 months each winter in Florida and learning about a whole new world.
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