A few weeks a go I mentioned that I had cleared away some of the coneflowers. I left most of them because the birds love the seeds. This is what a coneflower seed head looks like after a Goldfinch has been at it.
American Goldfinches aren't too picky about what they will eat. They eat fromthe feeder that I fill with mixed seed and at the one with thistle (Nyger) seeds. Here we see a goldfinch sharing the perch of the mixed seed feeder with a nuthatch.
Their companionability didn't last too long, though ...
The goldfinches are the major customers at the thistle seed feeder. They will be flying south for winter soon; we'll see them again in spring and all during next summer as they breed and raise their young.
This one is either a female that doesn't have the ruby crown or a male that is hiding his like they sometimes do. They are both less than 4 inches long. in this cold snap, they are all puffed up to stay warm.
The purple finches shown below are also just passing through to their winter grounds in the southeastern states. They don't venture as far south as the kinglets do. Only the males have the lovely redish head, back, and breast. This one is probably a juevenile male.