The American Goldfinch is our most frequent visitor these days. They live with us year round and we do enjoy them. Our resident birds are in various stages of molting right now. The American Goldfinch undergoes two complete molts every year. Some of the birds look rather disheveled and others have almost completed the process. The males are turning their bright yellow although they will not be mating until much later.
Roger Tory Peterson said, "The responsibilities of life seem to rest lightly on Goldfinch's sunny shoulders."
This little guy is a mess but in a week will be a brilliant smooth yellow
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It is said that to see a Goldfinch in your dreams is a glimpse into your soul
Legend says that hearing a Goldfinch sing means that happy experiences are coming your way
Native American folklore tells us that if a Goldfinch flies across your path it is to remind you to live your life fully and to celebrate who you are. To remind you that every single moment you waste in fear, anger, or hatred is a moment that will be lost to you forever.