A pair of American Goldfinches at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas.

Wikipedia has this to say about American Goldfinches:

The American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis), also known as the Eastern Goldfinch, is a small North American bird in the finch family. It is migratory, ranging from mid-Alberta to North Carolina during the breeding season, and from just south of the Canadian border to Mexico during the winter.

The only finch in its subfamily that undergoes a complete molt, the American Goldfinch displays sexual dimorphism in its coloration; the male is a vibrant yellow in the summer and an olive color during the winter months, while the female is a dull yellow-brown shade which brightens only slightly during the summer. The male displays brightly colored plumage during the breeding season to attract a mate.

A male American Goldfinch in winter plumage at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas.
A male American Goldfinch in winter plumage at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas.
A male American Goldfinch in winter plumage at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas.
A male American Goldfinch in winter plumage at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas.
A female American Goldfinch in winter plumage at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas.
A female American Goldfinch in winter plumage at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas.
A male American Goldfinch in winter plumage at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas.
A male American Goldfinch in winter plumage at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas.
A female American Goldfinch in winter plumage at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas.
A female American Goldfinch in winter plumage at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas.
A female American Goldfinch in winter plumage at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas.
A female American Goldfinch in winter plumage at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas.

2 Replies to “American Goldfinch – Little, Yellow”

  1. We live in east plano,tx every year we have a flock of gold finches they stay a couple of days and eat the berries. This year they have been here for a week there are hundreds they are so much funto watch. Why so different this year?

    1. Hi Sandra,

      It sounds like the bird you may be talking about is the Cedar Waxwing: http://dfwurbanwildlife.com/category/birds/cedar-waxwing/

      They come through in the hundreds and love to eat berries. No telling why they have bypassed your neighborhood this year. They may have found another nice place to stop for berries, or they may have just snuck in and left while you weren’t looking!

      -Chris

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