My Favorite Gold


My favorite kinds of Gold are the kinds you don’t really own. My father handed this particular Gold down to me, and I am absolutely rich.

Almost anywhere in America, all you have to do is set out some thistle seed in the right kind of feeder, and you’re Midas.

In the winter, the American Goldfinch isn’t as spectacular as the males can get in summer—and I promise to try to catch that on film too—but they’re handsome birds at any time of year.

Catch them in the right light, in fact, and you can see muted hints of all the gold you could want. By today’s gold prices, an average Goldfinch would be worth about $68. My yard is full of jewels.

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