Date: 11/13/19 5:53 pm From: Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725...> Subject: [Tweeters] Lesser Goldfinch at our Seattle seed feeder
Dear Tweetsters - I just wanted to report that for the last five or so days, we've had two Lesser Goldfinches at our backyard seed feeder about six blocks south of the UW Arboretum. One is a 1st year male and the other is a female of unknown age. They show up singly, together or with American Goldfinches.
We are using pure hulled sunflower seeds in the feeder, which is extremely popular with the passerines.
There have been a fair number of sightings of Lesser Goldfinch reported in recent years in Western Washington but few in Seattle. Gene Hunn reported three King County sightings as of his 2012 book but none was in Seattle. eBird shows only two other Seattle reports, both by the same person in 2014 a few weeks apart, so unclear if that was two sightings of the same bird. So it appears ours could be the second or the third sighting in Seattle, based on Gene Hunn and eBird.
However, as described by Ryan Merrill in an Aug 11, 2014 Tweeters post, Lesser Goldfinches have been rapidly expanding northward on both sides of the Cascades in recent years.
While on the subject of touting our backyard sightings, I might as well mention that several weeks ago, we had a Pileated Woodpecker show up at our suet feeder for two days running. We have lived here 33 years and that was the first time we've had Pileated in our backyard.
You can see pictures of the two Lesser Goldfinch at my husband's eBird report: