The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Fall American Goldfinches

It’s so nice to have American goldfinches back in the GNG, even if they are now in their non-breeding plumage. Most people think of this bird as being bright yellow with an orange beak, but they are quite dull this time of year, not molting back into their glorious gold until next spring.  But there is one constant I.D. feature you can use in either plumage; the difference in the appearance of their wing-bars. Lesser goldfinches’ white wing-bars usually appear thin and blurry, while American goldfinches’ white wing-bars appear bold with sharp edges.

American goldfinch