Nature Notes

Goldfinch

I am fortunate to have many Finches visit my garden, but the most striking of them all is the Goldfinch. A deep-red crown and face with bold black, yellow, and white markings on the feathers. Their song is a high fairy-like tinkling twitter; I have seen it described as sounding like Japanese windbells. The sexes are very similar but the male's red face extends further back behind it's eye. A juvenile Goldfinch lacks the red face but does have the yellow and white markings on it's flight feathers. Goldfinches make very attractive neat nests in May that are sometimes deliberately decorated with flowers such as forget-me-nots.

Goldfinch