A brawl at my birdfeeder between a male Goldfinch and an Chipping Sparrow. The finch won! Taken at my birdfeeder in April 2008, Clarks Valley, PA.
Goldfinch – Often called a “Wild Canary” the male Goldfinch is a bright yellow bird with a black patch on his forehead, black wings and tail with white markings. The color dramatically changes during the winter to a dull olive color without the black forehead. Goldfinches are partial migrators and eat seeds (preferably Thistle) and insects.
Chipping Sparrow – A common garden or yard bird – small gray/brown bird with a rusty crown, white eyebrows and a black eye line. Eats insects and seeds and comes to feeders. Migrates to southern states and Mexico. Migrates at night in flocks of 20-30 birds. The name comes from the male’s fast “chip” call.