Similar in many ways to the American Goldfinch, this little bird has a heavily streaked breast and can often be found in sizeable groups.
These gregarious little birds can appear at your backyard feeder in large numbers, especially if you have finch feeders filled with thistle or nyjer seed. Less reserved than most bird species, they will often flit around you and even land on you, if you stand quite still by the freshly filled feeders.
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A low-growing “trefoil” weed of lawns and disturbed, nitrogen-poor soil, distinguished by its tiny hop-like yellow flower clusters, pointed tips on each leaflet, and the terminal leaflet on a longer stalk or petiole
The brilliant blue, white, or pink of these flowers are actually 5 to 25 colored sepals rather than petals. They appear to float upon a mist of thread-like bracts above feathery, pinnately divided leaves.