I have often heard people refer to American Goldfinches as “Wild Canaries.” Males in summer are resplendent in brilliant yellow, accented with a black cap and with the black wing and tail with flashes of white.
Goldfinch diet consists mainly of seeds and I saw about 2 dozen of them at Col. Sam Smith Park harvesting seeds from Knapweed and other plants.
The air is aglow with the glint and whirl
Of swift wild wings in their homeward flight,
Sapphire, emerald, topaz, and pearl.
Afloat in the evening light. – Sarojini Naidu (1879–1949)