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American Goldfinch

The American Goldfinch is one of our most common birds found on Prince Edward Island. It does not migrate and one may find it in our gardens, backyards and fields in most any season. As the only bird to undergo two molts a year, it is often thought to be different birds from one season to the next.

American Goldfinch

In winter, these birds are frequently found in our backyards and at our feeders. They appear a drab grey-green with two white wing-bars. They can often be identified by their bouncy flight and their cheery calls. At times, they can descend on your feeders in large numbers.

In spring, they begin to molt into brighter colours, the males becoming bright yellow with striking black and white accents and are sometimes thought to be different birds. Many refer to them as “Wild Canaries”.  They are very active and are a delight to watch as they often feed on dry weed heads and seeds. The American Goldfinch is a late nester and one bird that rely on seeds, rather than insects, to feed their young. A fun bird to watch at your feeders as well.

Text and Photo by REArvidson

Ron Arvidson is an Artist and Teacher as well as an avid Birder.  Ron is also an Administrator for Birding on PEI and his photos may also be seen

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