How to crack a black oil seed; first find a big seed, using your bill and tongue to move the seed around in your mouth to crack the thin black shell; once the shell is cracked, take out the white meat (not real meat) and drop the black shell.
The black oil seed has good nutritious values for the birds. It has; Iron, calcium, vitamin E, and B, some fat and fiber, plus protein and potassium.
Water hole gossip
Gold said to Dee, “I wonder why Goldie isn’t joining us.” Dee said,” I might have made her mad at me, by telling her who I voted for.” Gold said,” Will, that isn’t nice, we all have different opinions on who we want in office.” Dee replied, “We should all respect each other, it would be a better world to live in.” So true says Gold.
American Gold Finches & Carolina Chickadee
American Goldfinch, leucistic
This bird, we call the “ghost", because it really stands out in our woods this winter. What I have read about Leucism ;“ It is a genetic mutation that prevents melanin and other pigments from being deposited normally on feathers, resulting in pale or muted colors on the entire bird."
The lighter color on the bird makes it stand out more to predators. Also not having the right color it will make it harder for this bird to find a strong mate. If a bird has a large amount of melanin in its feathers, it will make their feathers weaker and they will wear out faster. It will be harder for the bird to stay warmer in cold weather and to fly like it should.
I sure hope this bird makes it through the winter months here in KY.
Goldfinches will molt its body feathers in late summer and winter. They are the only finch that molts twice a year.
They are mostly vegetarians, but sometimes they will swallow insects.
The Goldfinch is the State bird for Iowa, Washington and New Jersey.
The American Goldfinches are the State bird of Washington, New Jersey and Iowa. They like to hang out with other Goldfinches except during breeding season. The Goldfinches are vegetarians; their diet is made up of mostly seeds.
Goldfinches will molts it body feathers in late summer and again in late winter. The word molt( when talking about bird feathers} means the process of removing their old feathers to make room for new feathers. In spring time they grow new body feathers and they grow a new set of feathers before the winter months.
They build their nests when thistle, milkweed, and other types of plants produced their fibrous seeds in June or July. The plants give the finches materials with which to build their nests and the plants also provide them with seeds to feed their young ones. The photo below was taken in March.
Purple Finches in the winter months can be found in the eastern states and maybe as far down as Florida.
FINCHES Birds of different feathers can get along if they look at each other with their heart, knowing that inside they are the same.