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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sad Goldfinch

American Goldfinch in the winter plumage
The scientific name for the American Goldfinch, Carduelis tristis, is Latin for "Thistle-finch sad". Supposedly it refers to the goldfinch's song.

I think that is quite funny because even though they lose their bright yellow feathers in the fall, I find their song especially warm and sunny in the winter.

They sing a series of musical warbles and twitters. A tsee-tsi-tsi-tsit call is often given in flight and at the feeders I often hear them end their sentence with a honey-bee? You can listen to a clip HERE. Or go to Cornell's website at: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/american_goldfinch/sounds

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