This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Vincent, Alabama Anchorage, Alaska Paradise, California Crestview, Florida Quincy, Florida Montpelier, Idaho Cherry Valley, Illinois Rock Falls, Illinois Yale, Iowa Ann Arbor, Michigan Dearborn Heights, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan Le Center, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Conway, Missouri Elsberry, Missouri East Glacier Park, Montana Marlton, New Jersey Elephant Butte, New Mexico Himrod, New York Orchard Park, New York Poughkeepsie, New York Cary, North Carolina Concord, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Corning, Ohio Grants Pass, Oregon Katy, Texas Fredericksburg, Virginia Hurt, Virginia Walkerton, Virginia Shelton, Washington Eau Claire, Wisconsin Lander, Wyoming
On Jan 11, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
Seen at my feeder some years during winters, not all years - usually mixed with goldfinches and a few house finches. Strongly resembles goldfinches in size and wings, but have stripes on bellies. May have yellow in its wing bars along with white.
Can be semi bold around humans.
On Dec 31, 2010, audsrz from Traverse City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:
I love to see this bird eating from the feeders each winter. Usually my yard is a way-station on their trek back north to the nesting grounds, so seeing them really is the First sign of spring. They tend to travel in groups with other birds, and depend on local chickadees to show them where the feeders are.
On Mar 17, 2013, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:
we saw these for the first time this early spring at our feeder. There were 4 tiny females that looked pitiful like they were starving that we mistook for gold finch, and after reading here that they migate here from florida to start spring and that they depend on watching the gold finch to find food, we know now they really were starving. They were in bad shape and also afraid of people when they first came here about two weeks ago, now they are looking healthier as they have been eating everyday and like if to thank us, they now let us get close in the yard to watch them eating.