Whenever we discuss bird feeding with other people we sometimes refer to the birds visiting the feeders in our yards as “our” birds. It could be argued that when we make such a statement we are inferring that the birds using our feeders are not visiting other feeders in our neck of the woods. In the case of the American goldfinch, the truth of the matter is that during the winter these songbirds are unfaithful. With respect to the American goldfinch, the truth of the matter is more than likely we share “our” birds with multiple bird feeding enthusiasts.
This assessment is based on studies that found that during the winter American goldfinches are not homebodies. Indeed not. During a single calendar day, a flock of American goldfinches sometimes flies four miles or more to visit feeders in a number of locations.
Wow! I guess all I can do is keep my feeders stocked with nyger and black oil sunflower seeds and hope these roving bands of goldfinches will find the feeders in my little corner of the world.