Hungry Goldfinches on a Snowy Day

We’ve had lots of Goldfinches this winter, more than in recent years. They’re all over our two nyjer seed feeders.


They are wearing their dull winter plumage, but they’re still pretty cute. I love to watch them when they turn bright yellow in spring.



Monday was a holiday, but Judy had to leave for a business trip. It was an overcast, snowy day. I consoled myself by sitting on the back porch, watching the Goldfinches. They are busy little birds.


Sometimes tempers flared around the feeder. I wanted to tell them there was plenty of nyjer for everyone.


I could get a closer look when they visited the heated birdbath (aka the Bird Jacuzzi).


He looks rather perky considering the temperature.

Are you seeing Goldfinches around your winter garden?

41 Comments on “Hungry Goldfinches on a Snowy Day”

  1. I haven’t noticed many goldfinches this winter, but then I have trouble distinguishing them from all the other brown birds when they aren’t wearing their bright yellow summer plumage. I’m seeing many other birds, though, including quite a few bluejays.

  2. Lots of goldfinches at our house. I, too, love seeing the males gradually turn to bright yellow. They are rather fractious birds, but their chittering always makes me smile. And no one ever seems to get hurt, which leads me to believe they are mostly chitter and not much peck. 😉

  3. Congrats on two counts: you got the holiday, and time to watch your goldfinches. I love to hear their whiny, questioning little calls when they start showing up in the yard. Things have been going gangbusters with fresh niger and new socks.

  4. I love watching them too – we get an abundance of both goldfinches and dark-eyed juncos at the feeders during the winter. Question – how do you keep the water in your birdbath unfrozen? I would love to get a solar heater of some kind but they are rather pricey.

  5. Yes! It’s been extremely cold in my neck of the woods this year, and I have seen MANY goldfinches (as well finches, chickadees, cardinals, titmouses (titmice?), nuthatches, flickers, sparrows, and even woodpeckers) on and around my oversized black oil sunflower seed feeder. It’s like an assembly line out there from dawn to dusk, each bird taking a turn.

  6. Wow, you do have a lot of goldfinches! I haven’t seen many, but we’ve had some birds of prey around this winter. The chickadees and the juncos are plentiful, but they are excellent fliers and can escape the owls’ and hawks’ clutches more easily, I’m thinking. I have seen a few house finches and goldfinches, though, as well as woodpeckers, cardinals, and nuthatches. They’re all great entertainment. 🙂

  7. I have honestly never thought about feeding goldfinches in the winter. I falsely assumed they migrated south?! I have had house finches hanging around this year. I’ve been keeping the sunflower seeds available for the feathered friends that hang about my house. A heated bird feeder looks like a good investment!

  8. Hello Jason, those are lovely birds and some very good close-ups. I’m terrible at recognising birds but I don’t think we have goldfinches – not that I’ve seen. We do have robins though, one or two are guaranteed to show up if I’m outside as they’re waiting to grab the worms and insects I inevitably expose when I’m gardening. They will come close and start singing (loudly) a few feet away, darting in to grab the odd grub before darting back again, they make wonderful gardening companions at this time of year!

  9. I’m only a few hours south of you, in St. Louis, but I am 99% sure that I only see goldfinches in the late spring. I love hearing the first squeaky song from them. Our backyard is a hot mess right now, with a new garage being put in, so I’ll wait to put out more nyjer seed for them. On the other hand, it is not unusual to see a bald eagle at this time of year.

  10. I used to hang a niger seed feeder when we lived in Pennsylvania. The goldfinches and pine siskins would come in droves and I loved to watch them.

    I see them all of the time here in NC too. They love the seeds in the garden. They really do sound like little canaries when they sing!

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