Wild Birds Unlimited Newsletter
~ For those passionate about birding and nature ~
Januray 2019                                                                                          Volume 1.19
Nature News
Bird of the Month

 
  

   
Lesser Goldfinch
Carduelis psaltria
 
Performing a variety of aerial acrobatics, goldfinches seem destined more for the Big Top than the backyard. As they swoop from one invisible peak to another, you're reminded of a certain circus counterpart who could also "fly through the air with the greatest of ease." But as exciting as these daredevil flights are, they're only part of what make a goldfinch worth watching.
 
Goldfinches live throughout the United States and southern Canada, a fact that makes attracting them to your backyard a bit easier. Though goldfinches carry the reputation of being finicky eaters, you'll have no problem finding a suitable offering that will please their palate. Goldfinches love to eat fresh, dry Nyjer® (thistle).
 
Occasionally larger birds can intimidate and scare off potential goldfinch visitors. If there's a problem with other small birds taking up space, some feeders can be turned upside down to accommodate agile goldfinches that have no problem eating upside down.
 
In early fall, the male goldfinches molt into duller winter colors that resemble the female's soft olive green and subdued yellow tones. And just when it seems as though winter will last forever, the male goldfinch forecasts spring's arrival with the reappearance of its glamorous buttery yellow. Male or female, the goldfinch's striking features are always pleasing to the eye and make any backyard distinctly more colorful.
 
Lesser Goldfinches are year-round residents of southern New Mexico, Arizona and south and west Texas. The back color of these birds vary geographically. Virtually all adult males in southern Texas are black-backed, and in New Mexico you will find a mix of green-backed and black-backed Lesser Goldfinches at your feeders. In the winter, you may also find American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins feeding alongside them. 
 
The nests of Lesser Goldfinches can be found in cottonwoods and willows along rivers, though they nest in a variety of trees and bushes. The female selects the nest site, choosing a spot in a fork of branches 4 to 8 feet or higher off the ground.
 
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One of the easiest feeders to use and maintain, the recycled hopper feeders make an excellent choice for backyard feeding.  
These come in two sizes and there are cedar varieties available.
 

The Best Foods for Feeding Goldfinches

The Best Foods for Feeding Goldfinches

Upcoming Events

Lahontan Audubon Society
 
Friday, January 4
8:00am
 Field Trip - Diamond Creek Pond Area, Washoe
Saturday, January 5
7:00am
 CBC - Minden, NV
Tuesday, January 8
6:00pm
 LAS Board meeting
Tuesday, January 15
4:00pm
 Birds & Books Reading/Discussion Group - LIVING ON THE WIND: ACROSS THE HEMISPHERE WITH MIGRATORY BIRDS by Scott Weidensaul
Tuesday, January 22
6:30pm
 Program Meeting - Kirk Hardie, Antarctica Trip
Thursday, January 24
 Eagles & Ag
Friday, January 25
 Eagles & Ag
Saturday, January 26
 Eagles & Ag
Sunday, January 27
 Eagles & Ag


Tahoe Institute of Natural Science

Thu Jan 10 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Bald Eagle Dinner and TBY Celebration

Fri Jan 11 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count

Tue Jan 15 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Tahoe Big Year Presentation

Wed Jan 23 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Carson Valley Raptor Outing

Go to Tinsweb website for full list of outings 


Nature Happenings

* Project FeederWatch continues, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
* Rather than search for worms in the frozen soil, large winter flocks of robins will visit fruit trees for food.
* Cedar Waxwings will visit yards in search of fruit, often staying for hours before moving on.
* Juncos will hunt for fallen seed, often before dawn.
* Tree-loving birds such as Black-capped Chickadees, nuthatches and various woodpeckers will leave their winter night's cavity or roost box in search of high-calorie food.
* Bushtits, our smallest winter visitors, can be seen in large flocks flitting all over suet feeders and other high-protein sources of food.
* Listen for Great Horned Owls' "hoot" as they pair up for mating season.
* Now through late March is a difficult time for birds; providing food and an open source of water is important.
* Winter is a great time to look for birds' nests. Admire the craftsmanship, but leave the nest in place.
* Aldo Leopold's (Father of Wildlife Conservation) birthday Jan. 11
* Quadrantid Meteor Shower early in the month. See up to 60 falling meteors per hour!



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