YOUNG AND MATURE GOLDFINCHES – Marilyn Armstrong

You know the weather is warm very early because we have a crop of fledgling and adolescent Goldfinch. The very young ones show only a hint of yellow. They look closer to grey than yellow. It’s interesting having a whole new generation and it’s just the beginning of March.

Full-grown Goldfinches

I think this youngster just popped out of the egg

A big plump Goldfinch

Adolescent Goldfinch

At this rate, we’ll have more Goldfinch than dandelions this spring.



Categories: birds, Blackstone Valley, Marilyn Armstrong, Photography

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9 replies

  1. Hi Marilyn lovely birds and photos. I am wondering if they are so early is there a possibility that they may raise two sets of chicks this season? Some of the birds here can I believe.

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  2. Are the finches native to the USA? I am in Ireland. I wonder if we have any?

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    • My friend in Switzerland says they are called “Chaffinches” there. I think there are finches everywhere in a wide variety of colors. I just looked them up. You do have Goldfinches. They may not look exactly the same as ours, but they are the same family and can probably interbreed. We have four or five different kinds and they live everywhere from Canada to Argentina. They have them on the European continent and in England, so I’m not surprised you have them there too. If you put out a feeder, you’ll see them soon enough! Goldfinch are entirely seed eaters. They don’t eat insects, so they can very attached to feeding stations!

      There’s an article called Ireland’s top 20 garden birds –

      https://www.irishgardenbirds.ie/irelands-top-20-birds/

      It has pictures.

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  3. Some postulate that having more goldfinch(es) than dandelions is a GOOD thing. Your photography, as always, is magnificent and you’ve showing the stages of growth of the birdies in fine style! ❤ Me? I wouldn't mind a few of both the goldfinch (I don't think they live up here), and the dandelion. I'm thinking about the bees…

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    • I don’t know. Some version of them probably does. There are lots of finches all over the world, not just in this country. It depends where you live. If there aren’t many trees in you area, you won’t see many birds at all, much less finches.

      Having feeders really makes a huge difference. I didn’t know we had ANY finches until I put in feeders. Most of the birds I now see every day, I’d never seen at all before the feeders took over my life!

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