I noticed a good winter crop of wild seeds in nearby fields, parks and wildlife refuges, which would have amply nourished them through December. He currently sits on the Board of Advisors for the Houston Audubon Society and Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. He has won eight Lone Star College writing awards and is the recipient of the Houston Audubon Society 2004 Excellence in Media Award and the Citizens' Environmental Coalition 2010 Synergy Media Award for Environmental Reporting. What Is the Migration Pattern of American Goldfinches? That must have delayed their winter arrival in my yard. American goldfinches may appear in areas one year when they did not appear the previous year, and they may move out of their normal range in search of more abundant food. Research conducted by the Cornell Laboratory of Birds indicates that the finches' migration patterns are not consistent and may depend on weather and competition for food. By Staff Writer Last Updated Apr 4, 2020 11:48:01 PM ET American goldfinches are distributed across North America from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast, with migration occurring from the North to the South when the weather begins to cool in the fall. Goldfinches often flock with Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls. Goldfinches increase their feeding activity during the spring and summer, when they typically appear at feeders. Cornell Lab of Ornithology currently produces these maps. American robins are fall nomads in Houston neighborhoods, Wild turkeys roam Texas fields and forests, Here’s how to tell a diving duck from a dabbling duck, Cowboys assistant Markus Paul dies day after medical emergency, Chester, the tiny pup Mattress Mack gave his daughter, to rep Houston at National Dog Show, At one Houston church, prophecy replaces turkey for Thanksgiving, As COVID numbers surge in Texas on Thanksgiving eve, leaders make a last-ditch plea, Texas Renaissance Festival founder, mayor accused of sexual harassment in federal lawsuit, American robins aren’t just spring visitors in Texas. They may not visit a feeder consistently when natural food sources such as wild seeds, coneflowers and thistles are more commonly available. No need for goldfinches to hurry, as long as wild seeds are plentiful along the route. Migrants usually arrive in the northern part of Texas by September, but not in our part of the state until November. They prefer shelled sunflower seeds, black oil sunflower seeds and Nyjer seeds. But now they’re living on seeds in my yard, to my delight. Will 5G Impact Our Cell Phone Plans (or Our Health?! With the approach of spring, the birds gradually molt their body feathers, excluding wings and tail. The birds are in the Fringillidae family, which includes domesticated caged canaries with lineage from wild populations in Macaronesia. Black oil sunflower seed: some waste hulls, but unlikely to go rancid. I’ve seen goldfinches on summer breeding grounds in southern Canada, where a field of blooming sunflowers hosted scores of the birds. Migrants usually arrive in … December ended with nary an American goldfinch arriving in my yard. Gary Clark is the weekly nature columnist for the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News. Plant these in the fall for a spring cutting garden in Houston, Look hard for scary barred owls on Halloween, Camellias add cool-season color to the garden. Nonbreeding females look similar to males — only duller. Increasingly they are visiting bird tables and feeders. Females take on a brownish-yellow cast, slightly contrasting with greenish-yellow on the head. Flocks move like carefree travelers from feeding place to feeding place.