American Goldfinch
Carduelis tristis
 (L 5" WS 9" WT 0.33 oz)
Oak Park, IL
(our backyard)
 
18May2005
Nonbreeding males
2Nov2008
7May2005
7May2005
Winter and breeding plum-
age strikingly different
...likes to eat thistles.
The responsibilities of life seem
to rest lightly on the Goldfinch‘s
sunny shoulders.
    (Roger Tory Peterson)