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American Goldfinch

Carduelis tristis


The goldfinch is a bright yellow bird with black wings and a small black patch on its forehead. However, in the winter it molts to a drab bird that is greenish yellow. This bird might be molting a bit or a juvenile. This bird has a very nice song and as it flies it sounds like its saying "potato chip, potato chip". It is the last bird to nest because it uses the down of the thistle to line its nest. It eats thistle seed and other weed seeds or at the feeder it likes nyjer seed from a tube feeder made especially for it and other finches.


This was in Virginia.



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HeatherMiller 9 years ago

This was in Springfield, VA, outside of Washington, DC. I will be taking my camera everywhere I can. You mean the camera? This was taken the first week I had it, so really, I got lucky on these shots.

Hema 9 years ago

Wow Heather you are getting there!!

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Springfield, Virginia, USA

Spotted on Mar 22, 2010
Submitted on Jun 16, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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