American Goldfinch 7/30/10

Probably the sweetest and friendliest of all the native New England finchy birds. Certainly the brightest! They are always in my summer garden and frequent visitors to the winter feeders, bringing cheerful energy and acrobatics along with their splashes of color.¬†American Goldfinches are unusual in that they molt twice a year and I love watching them change their colors with the seasons. Here’s a couple in winter plumage, and an adult male halfway through his spring molt. They have a variety of calls and twitters, but the one I always remember is the frequent Potato chip! Potato chip! you’ll hear as they fly away or bounce along overhead.¬†Adult male above, fetched at Seapoint in Kittery Point, ME.

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