American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

18 March

Contrary to what so many people think, the American Goldfinch does not migrate south in the winter; rather it sheds it’s yellow plumage and hides amongst us as a muted yellow-green bird such as two of these – a very small number of birds have started to acquire yellow feathers in the past few days. Voted, a few years ago as Montreal’s official bird. Regular attendees at our feeders and constant snackers of the seeds to be found on wionter-standing flower heads. Their Latin name translates as something like “sad thistle-eater” … not so sure about the sad bit but they certainly love thistle seeds. (Three photos for this species).