Finch family (Fringillidae)
A small songbird. Male has a canary yellow body and black cap, wings, and tail. Female is yellowish green overall with 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.
The genus Carduelis is from the Latin for “goldfinch.” The species name tristis is from the 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.