But since none of the birds have shown a black cap, I can’t believe in all these birds I haven’t seen a single male American Goldfinch. On the wing, it has the same dipping, bouncy flight of the American Goldfinch. So, they’re goldfinches. Spread the word. The lesser goldfinch ranges from southwestern Washington to Peru. The most common of our American goldfinches is, believe it or not, the American Goldfinch. The Carolina Wren's song, on the other hand, contains one abrupt, accented element, giving it a strong, repeated accent that stands out from the warbler‘s even and smooth performance. American Robin phrases are made up of elements with very fast pitch changes. The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA. Keith A. Arnold Great information and photos!And ..like Kathie said..are you moving to the east coast? Much more knowledge is needed about the life history and taxonomy of Lesser Goldfinch. Females/immatures are drabber and lack the male's black crown. The presence or absence in a particular area may be influenced by available food. Can This Critically Endangered Bird Survive Australia's New Climate Reality? The Lawrence’s Goldfinch, on the other hand, has a style of its own. This gives their songs a “wobbly” characteristic. They can be present in large numbers in an area one year, and completely absent the next. In Texas, Lesser Goldfinches breed in lightly wooded areas with normal rainfall less than 90 cm (35 in) annually.