Have you seen this small charismatic bird?
Meet the American Finch
The time has come to officially meet your neighbors: the birds. For many folks, both birders and people who are new to birding, watching the birds just outside our doors brings joy during hard times.
At first glance, you may just notice a few birds in your yard or neighborhood. But spend a little more time, and you’ll start to recognize repeat visitors and witness extraordinary behaviors like territorial fights, courting and mating, elaborate bird songs, foraging, and nest building. Our world may be put on hold for the moment, but theirs rushes forward during the most exciting time of year — spring migration and baby bird season. You couldn’t ask for a better live performance right outside your home.
We thought we’d start this list off with a crowd pleaser. This small charismatic bird is handsome as can be, with bright highlighter yellow plumage. American Goldfinches are strict vegetarians, and almost exclusively seed eaters. If they eat an insect, it’s by accident. Looking to lure them to your yard? Try sunflower seeds.
Fun fact: American Goldfinches nest later than most birds, waiting until the thistle arrives in June and July to make their nests.
If you would like to learn more about the birds you see around town, visit https://audubonportland.org/