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Project FeederWatch Week 10

American Goldfinch in winter non-gold plumage

American Goldfinch in winter non-gold plumage

I didn’t have any new birds show up in my Project FeederWatch count this week, but I did get the highest number of different species and the highest counts so far.

The American Goldfinch and Ruby-crowned Kinglet both brought friends, and I saw a House Finch for the first time in several weeks. The Chipping Sparrows edged out the House Sparrows for greatest number of individuals seen thus far. Other than that, it was the usual suspects doing the usual things.

The count for a crisp and pleasant weekend:

  • House Sparrow (7)
  • Black-crested Titmouse (3)
  • Carolina Wren (2)
  • Bewick’s Wren (1)
  • Chipping Sparrow (24)
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2)
  • Orange-crowned Warbler (1)
  • Northern Cardinal (1)
  • House Finch (1)
  • American Goldfinch (2)
  • Carolina Chickadee (2)
  • Northern Mockingbird (1)
  • Blue Jay (1)
  • White-winged Dove (3)
  • Mourning Dove (1)

I’m hoping the goldfinch will continue and that they turn gold before they migrate since I’ve never seen one in the gold plumage.


  1. Glad to see your Goldfinch stuck around! I hope you will get to see them in their breeding plumage – it really is stunning compared to their drab coat of winter. Happy LOST watching tomorrow night!

  2. I’ll keep those nyjer bags stocked. Hopefully, that will keep them coming.

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