We caught and banded 5 American Goldfinches, the males are still more yellow than the females in winter but nothing like their bright yellow plumage of summer.
I am interested to observe our banded birds at the feeders this winter and wonder if we'll see any of them nest or spend the summer in the garden. We caught one bird that was banded here by Craig Hensley last winter -- but put a color band on it too so we can track it with binoculars now.
We will have Dana and Ethan from the Missouri River Bird Observatory back at the gardens for some continued banding of the Powell Gardens' birds in the future so keep watch of these events if you want to see a wild bird up close and personal.
Photos by Roland Thibault