Washing dishes is not one of my favorite house chores things to do most days but in the spring & summer I feel a little bit better about it.
I feel better about busting the suds in the spring & summer because I this is when my American GoldFinch feeder gets a lot of action.
I like watching these little rays of sunshine dart around my backyard & fight for a perch to fill its belly.
I by no means a serious bird watcher but sometimes I find myself losing time watching the birds in my garden frolic about.
The shots (3 in 1) below were taken today while I was putting away the pots & pans from last night’s dinner.
My name is Bygbaby & I am addicted to bees & things & flowers.
- The American Goldfinch changes from winter plumage to breeding plumage by a complete molt of its body feathers. It is the only member of its family to have this second molt in the spring; all the other species have just one molt each year in the fall.
- The American Goldfinch is one of the latest nesting birds. It usually does not start until late June or early July, when most other songbirds are finishing with breeding. The late timing may be related to the availability of suitable nesting materials and seeds for feeding young.
- The American Goldfinch is gregarious throughout the year. In winter it is found almost exclusively in flocks. In the breeding season it feeds in small groups. Whether it maintains breeding territories is debatable.
- The American Goldfinch is mostly monogamous, but a number of females switch mates after producing a first brood. The first male takes care of the fledglings while the female goes off to start another brood with a different male.