[CT Birds] American goldfinch invasion? All of one here in Washington, CT so far

Jim Zipp jimzipp at sbcglobal.net
Sat Feb 27 13:29:51 EST 2010

We currently have a minimum of 150 Goldfinch at our feeders.  Two 20 perch feeders and 3 smaller finch feeders and they are most often full with twice as many more feeding on the ground under them.   Each tube goes down a foot or more each day now.  

Side note, Our big Rusty Blackbird flock has moved on.  We still have 1-15 of them drop in occasionally but seem to stay only a matter of minutes.  

One big change in them is that many more of them are males now than females and the males have changed a lot in only the last 2 weeks.  Some have almost completed their molt and lost nearly all of their rusty feathers on their backs and are pretty close to totally black.  There are also grackles coming in now too but when both species are present they mostly stay apart as much as possible on the ground.

Jim and Carol


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From: John D Babington <davewb07 at sbcglobal.net>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: Sat, February 27, 2010 1:18:07 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] American goldfinch invasion? All of one here in Washington, CT so far

I noted Donna Rose's comment about her American goldfinch invasion in Woodbury. I am doing Feeder watch here in Washington, CT this weekend and so far have seen one American goldfinch. The one American goldfinch today is the first I have seen for 2009-2010 Feeder Watch here since my 20-21 Nov 2009 Feeder Watch period. Lots of juncos, blue jays, and white-throated sparrows here today for Feeder Watch. I hope the one American goldfinch here today is a portent for a lot more American goldfinches here.

David W Babington
Washington, CT
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