Thursday in the Naturehood

American Goldfinch

Goldfinch snacking on Echinacea

Goldfinch snacking on Echinacea

This handsome dude will soon molt his fancy “mating” garb and grow a much denser set of olive-colored feathers that will get him through the winter.  Even his legs, feet and bill will change colors.  We attract a number of finches to the pollinator garden because they feed exclusively on seeds – particularly thistles which we have in abundance. Although, this year they flit back and forth in order to binge on our sunflower in the Teaching Garden.  (They are one of the few species that can eat upside down!!)  Goldfinches roost in nearby coniferous trees.  Although once the snow flies, these adept little birds will stay warm by burrowing under the snow to form snug igloos.