Bird decoys were created by painting craft store bird models to resemble American Goldfinches
and House Wrens.
At the Dead Creek Bird Observatory, where Claire does the banding, volunteers see 30 to 40 different species of birds over 10 weeks during the summer, including song sparrows, yellow warblers, cedar waxwings, gray catbirds, American goldfinches
, and common yellowthroats.
House sparrows were only mildly infectious to naive house finches for a short time, whereas American goldfinches
remained infectious for up to 49 days after inoculation, although by then there were no physical signs of disease.
Water will pull in everything from bluebirds and American goldfinches
to ruby- throated hummingbirds and robins.
House finches and American goldfinches
flock to a feeder in Eugene.
Among the topics of discussion are which weather conditions lend to fall foliage, how wolf spiders catch prey, and why American goldfinches
build nests out of the usual spring season.
We set out along Upper Haskell Creek - a restored riparian area - where we saw our first birds: American goldfinches
A pair of acrobatic American goldfinches
alight on a cylindrical hanging bird feeder, hungrily searching for thistle seeds.