The American Goldfinch is by far our most frequent visitor. They live here year round. They are among the first birds to get their bright summer plumage despite the fact that they do not nest as early as many other songbirds. Like the early buds and flowers, the brightness of the goldfinches heralds the coming of spring.
At any given time, the feeders are full of finches
Like other birds, they welcome the water we provide
The trees are often filled with twenty or more
This cardinal shares the feeder with a goldfinch and seems none too happy to have her photograph taken
While we get very excited with the sights of migrating visitors, it is the bread-and-butter birds like the goldfinches, chickadees, wrens, nuthatches and titmice as well as our woodpeckers that we treasure most.
The single downside of having so many goldfinches is that we occasionally get an irruption of Pine Siskins. They come in huge numbers and flock with the goldfinches. They are noisy, messy, and just plain rude to one another. Fortunately we haven't had them this year. So far.