Ashburn, Virginia

Sherri Bartlett

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Ashburn, Virginia

44110 Ashburn Shopping Plaza #174
Ashburn, VA 20147

Phone: (703) 687-4020
Fax: (703) 687-4053
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Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We look forward to helping you bring nature into your backyard!

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Fun Facts About American Goldfinches

  • American GoldfinchGoldfinches are found across North America. The three species include the American, Lesser and Lawrence’s Goldfinch.
  • Goldfinches are sometimes referred to as wild canaries. They are actually in the finch family as their name suggests.
  • Northern populations of the American Goldfinch are mostly migratory and southern populations are mostly residential.
  • Banding studies have revealed that some American Goldfinch in Ontario migrate more than a 1,000 miles to Louisiana.
  • Female American Goldfinch will stay further south during the winter than males and younger males will winter further north than adult males.
  • American Goldfinch rarely over-winter in northern areas where temperatures fall below 0°F for extended periods.
  • Residential flocks of American Goldfinch roam widely between food supplies during the winter and have been recorded moving over 4 miles between multiple feeding stations in a single day. Other records show movements of over 30 miles in a single winter.
  • American Goldfinch have an interesting flight call consisting of four syllables that can be likened to “po-ta-to-chip.”
  • The genus name, Caruelis, is from the Latin word carduus, which means “thistle.” Goldfinches are very dependent on thistles for food and even use thistledown to line their nests.
  • The American Goldfinch is one of the latest breeding songbirds, waiting to nest until mid-to-late summer when thistle seeds and down are readily available.