Finch family (Fringillidae)
Small, 4 ¼” long. Male – canary yellow body; black cap, wings, and tail. Female – yellowish green overall, black wings and tail. Undulating (wave-like) flight pattern.
Open meadows, forest edges.
Nests in a cluster of branches or on a horizontal limb of a tree or shrub, 5 to 15 feet above the ground. Eggs are light blue. Clutch size – 2 to 7 eggs.
Song is long, canary-like warble. Call is “sweeyeet”. In flight, call is a continuous series of three notes: “chip chip chip”. We call it the “potato chip” call.
Carduelis, Latin for “goldfinch”; tristis, Latin for “sad”, inappropriately based on its song.
In the Nature Park:
Year-round resident. Common in open meadows and open areas near the buildings at the Nature Park.