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American Yellow Warbler
One of the most widely distributed birds across North America, American yellow warblers are small songbirds with medium-long bright yellow tails and rounded heads. What is this? Their bright and sweet song can be often heard near streamside willows and woodland edges across the United States.
Goldfinches are symbolic of joy, hopefulness, and positivity. Their totem guides us to live our lives vicariously and enjoy all the little gifts of life that we usually seem to ignore.
Yellow-headed blackbirds can generally be found from the Mississippi River westward. They spend the summer in the west-central United States and Canada and the winter in the western United States from California to Texas and south to Mexico and Central America.
Nest: Placed in marsh, firmly lashed to standing vegetation (cattails, bulrushes, reeds) growing in water, usually no more than 3’ above water’s surface. Nest (built by female) is a bulky, deep cup woven of aquatic plants, lined with dry grass or with fine, dry marsh plants.
In the fall, populations that breed in the Canadian prairies migrate southeast and then due south across the United States to wintering grounds in the Southwest and throughout Mexico. Males tend to winter farther north, while more females migrate all the way to the species’ southern limits.
Juveniles and female goldfinches are less colorful. In winter, males have a dark bill and dull yellow body feathers. One other way to tell the difference between a yellow warbler vs a goldfinch is that goldfinches have white patches under their tails.
American Goldfinch. The American Goldfinch is a winter season resident in New Hanover and surrounding counties. In their breeding plumage, the male is an unmistakable bright yellow with black wings and a black spot on the top of his head.
Evening Grosbeaks are about twice the size of a goldfinch, with a huge bill and large white wing patches rather than wingbars seen on American Goldfinches.
Yellow birds are known to symbolize joy, positivity, enthusiasm and liveliness. They are also a sign of good luck and fortune to come, freedom and power.
Male Orange-headed Tanagers have a bright orange-yellow head that contrasts with the bird’s overall gray brown upperparts and whitish underparts. Females have a paler yellow head, and have a darker more olive colored back.
Adult male Summer Tanagers are entirely bright red. Females and immature males are bright yellow-green—yellower on the head and underparts and slightly greener on the back and wings. The bill is pale. Molting immature males can be patchy yellow and red.
Western Meadowlark: This short stocky, ground-dwelling bird has dark-streaked brown upperparts, bright yellow underparts, and a broad black V on the breast. It has a dark brown-and-white striped crown, sharply pointed bill and brown tail with white edges. Feeds mostly on insects but also eats seeds.
The habit of eating thistle seeds gave them additional connections with healing because Europeans used thistle seed for combating the plague. Seeing a Goldfinch became an omen of good luck and wellness.
Medieval theologians saw this as an allegory of his own coming back from the dead. In another legend, when Christ was carrying the cross to Calvary a small bird – sometimes a goldfinch, sometimes a robin – flew down and plucked one of the thorns from the crown around his head.
Flowers to Attract Goldfinches
A few favorites include asters, coneflowers, sunflowers and, of course, thistles. They also gravitate toward grasses and weedy plants. Some bird-watchers also swear that yellow flowers attract goldfinches.
In Native American traditions, finches are often associated with celebration and joy. They were regarded as Omens of good things to come. Additionally, the bright yellow feathers of the American Goldfinch we’re associated with the might and spiritual power of the sun.
“Most incidences of birds flying repeatedly at a glass door or window are simply issues of territory.” Christoffel said male songbirds who see their own reflection mistake it for an “interloper” invading their territory.
The American goldfinch’s diet consists of mostly seeds. They love Nyjer® Seed and Sunflower Seeds. These seeds are high in oil and easy to eat with their smaller beaks. Because finches prefer the combo of Nyjer® seed and socks, this duo is your best bet for attracting a bright yellow feathered friend.
The coloring of the Blackbird makes the creature a symbol of death, change, magic, and mystery. Often, Blackbirds represent or are sacred to Tricksters, demi-gods, or Gods and Goddesses in myth, and Shamans consider these creatures Spirit messengers.
Yellow-headed Blackbird Photos and Videos
Large blackbird with a stout body, a large head, and a long, conical bill. Adult males have a bright yellow head and breast and a black body. Note white patch on wings, obvious in flight.