American Goldfinch ---------------- 

It was an easy picture to make. This is just outside of my office window and the only challenge is the glass between the bird and the camera. I don’t do a lot of “feeder pictures” but couldn’t resist this time. The American Goldfinches are in their spring molt at the moment. It happens very fast and in a few days they all will have their new feathers and this golden-yellow color that makes it easy to identify them during the summer. Although the males sing like crazy during spring, pairs do not nest until later in the summer when seeds are available in abundance. Goldfinches eat seeds almost exclusively, from thistle, sunflower, aster, to grasses and tree seeds. We have a lot of Goldfinches here and their molt is for us another sure sign that winter is almost over.