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Our gold finches are looking a little dull right now, but they look amazing when they get their summer colors.

Our gold finches are looking a little dull right now, but they look amazing when they get their summer colors.

female gold finch

female gold finch

Goldfinch or Wild Canary This handsome little finch, the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington, is welcome and common at feeders, where it takes primarily sunflower and nyjer. Goldfinches often flock with Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls. Spring males are brilliant yellow and shiny black with a bit of white. Females and all winter birds are more dull but identifiable by their conical bill; pointed, notched tail; wingbars; and lack of streaking. During molts they look bizarrely…

Goldfinch or Wild Canary This handsome little finch, the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington, is welcome and common at feeders, where it takes primarily sunflower and nyjer. Goldfinches often flock with Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls. Spring males are brilliant yellow and shiny black with a bit of white. Females and all winter birds are more dull but identifiable by their conical bill; pointed, notched tail; wingbars; and lack of streaking. During molts they look bizarrely…

I have tons of this in my yard. It's Bee Balm. Or Monarda. Brushing by the leaves releases a fresh minty smell and the deer don't eat them!

I have tons of this in my yard. It's Bee Balm. Or Monarda. Brushing by the leaves releases a fresh minty smell and the deer don't eat them!

My brother always loved these. Every time I see one I think of him and know he's watching over me!

My brother always loved these. Every time I see one I think of him and know he's watching over me!

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology  www.allaboutbirds.org

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology www.allaboutbirds.org

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