Tag Archives: Lesser Goldfinch

Eat Your Greens

A pair of Lesser Goldfinches (female above) has been visiting the garden lately to feed on rainbow chard. Goldfinches eat a lot of foliage, in addition to seeds and buds.  This vegetarian diet makes goldfinches poor hosts to cowbirds, whose … Continue reading

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Lesser Goldfinch

I recently came across a small flock of Lesser Goldfinches. This species has become much more common in the northern Willamette Valley in the past decade. This species really stands out in the winter with their bright yellow underparts and … Continue reading

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Finches in the garden

The great advantage to being a slovenly gardener is the chance to see the local wildlife using your plants long after they have died. A mixed flock of resident finches passed through recently, feeding on seeds from neglected flower corpses. … Continue reading

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Lesser Goldfinch

Five years ago, it would have been an unusual treat to find a Lesser Goldfinch at my feeders. But in recent years, this species has expanded its range in the Portland area and now nests on our property. A large … Continue reading

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