This goldfinch must be from another country. NoDak only has the yellow goldfinch which people call a canary -drives me nuts when they do that. These goldfinches are regular winter visitors in my south east england garden. Some of the prettier guests
I hung up a thistle seed sock to see if I could lure in goldfinches and saw a little male like this in his drab winter plumage. -American goldfinch male in winter plumage. He loses the black patch on his head as he fades to a dun colour.