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Birds of El Paso County

American Goldfinch


April 25, 2018

Doug Harling

American and Lesser Goldfinches dining at a tube feeder in my habitat.

The American Goldfinch can be found all over North America and is one of the prettiest song birds to me. The American Goldfinch is the State bird of Iowa and New Jersey. In New Jersey, it is called The "Eastern Goldfinch." They are also the state bird of Washington where they are called the "Willow Goldfinch."

Actually, The Goldfinch was a big reason I got started into backyard birding. Years ago, a House Finch landed on one of my Hummingbird feeders. The finch was drinking nectar from the edge of the feeder. At that time, I had no idea what kind of bird it was. I snapped a picture and p...

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