Lately we've been seeing more and more goldfinches at our feeders. In the winter, goldfinches don't migrate, instead they lose their bright yellow breeding colors allowing them to blend in nearly seamlessly with the sparrows.
An indicator of spring is the color of these little birds, as their numbers have been increasing a fine yellow hue is slowly hinting just under the winter coats. Soon molting goldfinches will be easily spotted with patches of yellow mixed with gray.
Goldfinches are one of the few strictly vegetarian birds. If a cowbird lays its eggs in a goldfinch's nest, the hatchlings rarely survive due to the plant based diet of the goldfinch.
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Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who spends her time exploring and learning about the unique history and nature in North East Ohio. She lives with her fiancé and cat in Wooster where she also works at a bookstore and grows and cans her own vegetables. When she's not doing that, yoga and embroidery (not at the same time) are other things she enjoys.