Grandpa’s ‘wild canary’ – the Goldfinch

The American Goldfinch loves pastures and visits Ouray County in the springtime. The birds nest fairly late compared to other songbirds. Photo courtesy Sue Hirshman
BIRDS OF OURAY COUNTY My eyes see the brightness and beauty of nature --Anonymous— My grandparents always called the American Goldfinch the “Wild Canary.” They would sit on their front porch of the old farmhouse in Indiana for hours watching this beautiful bird vying for positions on perches to feast. It always seemed the birds could never get enough of the black-oil sunflower seeds. Grandpa…

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