October 20th – The Return of the Goldfinches

Nancy Furber and I got an early start. Good thing as there were quite a few White-throated Sparrows around along the edges. I find that we get most of our daily catch of these birds early. Goldfinches, on the other hand, are more casual. They rise later wondering what all the hubbub is about and then mosey on down to the feeders to see whose around, grab a bite, and then hunker down in the dogwood to gab.

Our first round was pretty big but we continued to get good numbers of birds throughout the morning and into the afternoon – especially Goldfinches! We had about 20 visitors so it was nice for them – always something to see. And although Goldfinches get a little tiresome for us, for them it’s wonderful!

Banded 87:
2 Mourning Doves
1 Downy Woodpecker
5 Brown Creepers
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
8 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
3 Hermit Thrushes
6 Yellow-rumped Warblers
2 Northern Cardinals
2 Fox Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
10 White-throated Sparrows
9 Dark-eyed Juncos
2 Purple Finches
2 House Finches
33 American Goldfinches

Retrapped 25:
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Eastern Tufted Titmice
2 White-breasted Nuthatches
1 House Wren
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Hermit Thrushes
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
2 Eastern white-crowned Sparrows
12 American Goldfinches

ET’s: 45 spp.


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