Yellowfinch ~ Spinus tristis

These little guys are so cute. They cling to the nyjer sock like little circus performers. During the winter, the males colors are muted, but sill brighter than the females. These guys stay here all year.
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Goldfinches are very strict vegetarians. They will wait to nest until June/July when the thistle, milkweed and other fibrous seeds are in abundance. Other birds augment their young’s diet with insects, but not Goldfinches.

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Here’s Mr. & Mrs. at the ‘sock’. His bright yellow coat is a joy to see after a long. cold winter.

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Almost, not quite… Stay tuned, he’ll be all yellow soon.

Β© ~ Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

25 thoughts on “Yellowfinch ~ Spinus tristis

  1. You are so lucky to have the Goldfinches feeding by your window. I did not see any this winter. Did not put out a thistle feeder since that is just about the only way they will come for food.

    I used to get Purple Finch too but have not seen any of those in more than 15 years plus.

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  2. The Goldfinches are so bright and cute ! We do not get yellow colored birds here, definitely a signal for spring πŸ˜€ Wow, they follow a pure veg diets, not much birds do that, do they ?

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  3. Great shot of him in molt!! I tried the thistle sock for a bit, perhaps I gave up too soon upon not seeing too many visitors to it. I do love watching birds like these the Cardinals and Blue Jays to name a few, regain their vibrant colors; it’s like a magic trick. I feel like Goldfinches in the winter too, I don’t like to be seen much. I’m certain I don’t get as many of them because I need more thistle, thus why I bought more last summer and I did get a few. Then I spilled a bunch of it in my car and it looked like a huge pile of mouse poo! πŸ˜‰

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