There was a Lesser Goldfinch visiting the backyard feeder today.
Right away I could notice that the shade of yellow was different than the other American Goldfinches that visit our feeders. It was greenish-yellow, and reminded me a lot of the Lesser Goldfinch from Abbotsford in early 2016. At this time of a year, American Goldfinches would not have these colors. Had this been fall, it would be a lot harder to identify.
I managed to get some pictures, and upon closer inspection I could see that the bill was dark (instead of the pink of an American Goldfinch) and there was black spotting on the crown (an adult male Lesser Goldfinch would have an entirely black crown) Also, it was a bit smaller than the Pine Siskins that were also at the feeder.
Check out the black on the crown. A male Lesser Goldfinch would have an entirely black crown, so this is not a male. It is probably a female.
A pretty good yard bird, and 4th record for the checklist area! I hope I can see it again tomorrow and get some better pictures
Post by nickinthegarden on Apr 17, 2020 3:27:45 GMT -8
What a wonderful find for a backyard well done! Many people have backyard bird feeders but very few have the skills and knowledge to distinguish such a bird and you even managed to get some pretty decent images to document your find, excellent!
Maybe I'll get lucky this weekend and see it. That bag of sunflower chips sure paid off! This is the first time we've used it. Usually we provide the basic 'steak and potatoes' by way of white millet and black oil sunflower. And suet of course as well.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)