Well, you have got a puzzle.
Streaked breast looks like Pine Siskin, but white chin and wing bars do not. Solid colored back looks like Goldfinch, streaked breast does not. The little spot of yellow on either side should be a clue - but I'm not having much luck matching it.
Well I guess I should have said that there were for sure 2 of them. 2 were on the birdbath at the same time when I took these pictures. Later that day I looked out and thought I saw 3, but they flew off too fast. Thanks all!
We have them in Iowa in the winter in a few areas. I had no idea until we saw one last year. If they find all they need, they will do fine in the winter. When there are no bugs, they will eat fruit. :)
In this area, they live on bayberries in the winter. They have some very clever intestinal bacteria that help them digest the wax, a calorie-rich substance that not much else can eat. Is there a plant with waxy fruit in the middle of the country?