Update: For reasons your goldfinches disappear in the fall, click here.
Where are the American Goldfinches?? They are not here where we are, in NH. Our friends and neighbors are asking the same thing. The above photo was taken here last year on April 16th. We had many goldfinches then. The Christmas Count data for this winter indicated 80 goldfinches in December in our area compared to 383 for the previous year, 07.
This past winter has been a record year for the irruption of northern finch species such as Common Redpolls into the U.S. The results of the 2008 Great Backyard Bird Count say
"Birders alerted earlier in the winter to a massive seed production failure of trees across northern Canada, were prepared for a huge southern flight of northern finches. True to the prediction, the GBBC shows record high numbers for Pine Grosbeaks, with 15,830 birds reported from 31 states and provinces, with highest numbers reported from Quebec, Ontario, and Manitoba, and much higher than average numbers in many states including Maine and New York. Because of annual fluctuations in seed crops, even-numbered years are traditionally better for finding Common Redpolls and other finches and grosbeaks south of Canada, and 2008 proved to be one of the best flights of these birds in the past decade, with 100,805 Common Redpolls reported on the count, including checklists from 29 of the lower 48 States."
And where are all the American Goldfinches now?? Let us know if you have, or don't have goldfinches, by responding to the comments section of this blog entry, right below.