The Cornell Lab Bird Academy Discussion Groups Bird Identification Can you help me identify this bird?

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    • Vicki
      Participant
      Chirps: 6
      vscheeler
      There were 3 of these on my patio, I live in Southern Ontario, Canada. I first thought these were female Goldfinches. However, their behaviour and size is different. My Goldfinches stick to my Niger feeder (in a tree 30’ from my house) and don’t approach my house. These birds are larger, and they were sitting on my patio right outside my patio door. Thank you for your help. 4EFF3EF9-8239-44D8-9367-F9FD3F09FAC8
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    • Lee Ann van Leer
      Bird Academy
      LilacRoller
      Hi Vicki, This is an American Goldfinch, breeding female. Lots of field marks help identify it such as the pink bill and legs, dark and long wings and the yellow areas. American Goldfinches vary in color based on time of year, age and sex. Size is the hardest thing to pin down when you don't have another known bird right next to it for comparison. American Goldfinch ID Info
    • Vicki
      Participant
      Chirps: 6
      vscheeler
      Thanks for your reply! I’m new at bird watching, so I still have a lot to learn. I’d never heard of  Lesser Goldfinch, but agree they are not in my area. I also wondered if they could be female Western Tanagers?
    • GBird
      Participant
      Chirps: 17
      thegbird
      i would say lesser goldfinch female or immature male but their habitat is down by California USA. unless its a bigger than normal female or immature American goldfinch. birds probably have soooo much fun tricking us!!! ;).
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