The colours of spring (now officially Summer) are vibrant and give us a renewed sense of being as we watch the ecosystem around us transform into lush vegetation and new life. In addition to the green and myriad of colours found in wooded areas and our gardens, we are also treated to the spirited colouring of some of our favourite birds.
From the deep red hue of the male Northern Cardinal to the deep yet calming blue of the indigo buntings and eastern bluebirds, none seem to catch our eyes as prominently this time of year as the yellow-coloured American goldfinch.
Transitioning from their pale green brown colouring they have sported through the winter to an energetic lemon-gold plumage, it is certainly one of the most breathtaking transformations in the birding world. As we continue to make our way toward the month of July however, the common sightings around our feeders, wooded edges and open weedy spaces seem to be dramatically decreasing.
But Why? Where have all the American goldfinches gone?