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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Aug 23, 2016 4:17 PM CST
What is this little yellow bird on my sunflowers? They have been coming every day, late afternoon, to dine on my sunflower seeds. 2 males and 2 females. They are delightful, sing and tweet the entire time they are dining.
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Aug 23, 2016 4:21 PM CST
Looks like a Goldfinch.
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Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Aug 23, 2016 4:40 PM CST
Could be a Wilson 's Warbler, very active and sings all the time.
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Horntoad
Aug 23, 2016 4:53 PM CST
Wilson's Warbler have more of an olive color back and wings are not that dark.
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jmorth
Aug 23, 2016 5:24 PM CST
Goldfinch
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plantladylin
Aug 23, 2016 6:39 PM CST
Yes, the pretty American Goldfinch: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Goldfinch/id
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 23, 2016 6:51 PM CST
I also agree that it's a Goldfinch -- we have large flocks of them here, they must like living in our cedar trees Smiling . (And they stay around all winter, even though the males lose their bright coloration and don't get it back until spring. I love any birds that stick it out with us up here during the winter!!)
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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Aug 23, 2016 7:29 PM CST
@Weedwhacker So if they stick around in winter in Michigan, they might stay here in mid-Ohio? Should I save up some sunflower seeds for them for this winter?
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Aug 23, 2016 7:52 PM CST
cwhitt said:@Weedwhacker So if they stick around in winter in Michigan, they might stay here in mid-Ohio? Should I save up some sunflower seeds for them for this winter?


Oh, by all means! (well, they might clean you out of the seeds on your sunflowers, but they do love sunflower seeds in the winter, too; and also the "Niger seeds" (aka thistle seeds) which need a different type of feeder.
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krobra
Aug 23, 2016 8:00 PM CST
my goldfinches eat basil , coneflower , black eyed susan and zinnia as well as sunflower seeds.
I usually leave them out all winter and clean up in spring.
Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Aug 23, 2016 8:13 PM CST
Did not know about the zinnia. I have a few zinnias growing. So I will leave those out for the winter. Oh, this is fun! Lovey dubby
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sallyg
Aug 23, 2016 9:13 PM CST
also catnip seeds, they kept flying out of the catnip when it started going to seed.
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