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American Goldfinch (eating alder seeds)

Carduelis tristis

Description:

Goldfinches eat seeds almost exclusively and Alder seeds are high on their list this time of year. This one was in a flock of 10 to 12 birds. They flew in quickly, ate as fast as they could, then flew away. Unlike some finch species, the American goldfinch uses its feet extensively in feeding. They have amazing dexterity in their toes which enables them to take advantage of food sources relatively inaccessible to potential competitors, increasing its chances of survival.

Habitat:

Spotted in an Alder tree along the Snoqualmie Valley Trail near the Snoqualmie River.


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Duvall, Washington, USA

Lat: 47.69, Long: -121.94

Spotted on Jan 13, 2019
Submitted on Jan 16, 2019

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