Joyce's and Monroe's Backyard Birds / American Goldfinch

Last Update: 4/17/2015

We have several American Goldfinches in our backyard. We had seen them fly by on several occasions, but after Joyce got a new feeder with some perches and some new birdseed, they are eating and posing for photos now.

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These finches are feeding at our backyard feeders. The male on the right has a brighter yellow color, and the female is more brown, but with a similar pattern. The photo was taken on September 12th, 2004. The visible grid is the screen of our back door- the birds would fly away if I opened the screen door, so I shot the photo through the screen.

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This male Goldfinch was sitting on a tree at the far end of the backyard, on September 12th, 2004.

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These Goldfinches were eating at our feeder on September 19th, 2004.

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This Goldfinch didn't fly away when I opened the door to get a closer photo on September 19th, 2004.

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This pair shows the difference in colors between the summer and winter plumage (I think...). This photo was taken on September 25th, 2004.

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This brightly colored male Goldfinch is in its breeding plumage. They are very, very bright yellow now. The photo was taken on April 24th, 2005.

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This brightly colored male Goldfinch was seen at Swan Harbor Farms in June 2007.

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This Goldfinch in winter plumage, which is obviously much more drab than the bright summer plumage, was at our feeder in November 2007.

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This Goldfinch appears to be arguing with the Carolina Wren to the lower left.

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These birds were at our feeder in March 2009.

The next series of photos shows Goldfinches at our home feeders in late January and early February 2010.

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I saw this one at Swan Harbor Farms on May 4th, 2014.

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This one was also at Swan Harbor on August 3rd, 2014.

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This Goldfinch came to our yard during the snowstorm of March 5th, 2015.

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I saw this one at Harford Glen on April 11th, 2015.

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