For us, American Goldfinch is a bird of spring and summer. Our first birds of the year usually arrive in the third week of April and are gone by the end of September. This is in spite of the fact that small numbers winter on Vancouver Island and the Leaning Oaks avian welfare system ensures a year round supply of sunflower seeds. They are among the dozen or so species that like to bath in the gravel filtration beds that we have set up to remove nutrients from the pond and keep the water clear and free of algae.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.