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Sunday, August 17, 2014

How to identify baby goldfinches

How do I tell which are the goldfinch babies? – Eagle, MI

From mid-August to October most of Michigan will wake up every morning to the tinkling tune of baby goldfinches. They look similar to the females or goldfinches in winter colors and their baby call is a " High, low... high, low, low."
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The immature American goldfinch has a dull brown back, and the underside is pale yellow. The shoulders and tail are dull black with two buff-colored wing bars, rather than an adult’s white. This coloration is the same in both male and female.
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If you still aren’t sure if it is a baby or a female goldfinch, look at the feathers. Young American Goldfinches have fine, clean feathers and the adults will look worn out as they molt their feathers for winter. 

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