Cornelius' Corner

"Meet the American Goldfinch"

Cornelius’ Corner: “Meet the American Goldfinch”

Hi friends! Thanks for checking out my blog. My name’s Cornelius and I’m a corn snake. I live at the Newlin Grist Mill Park located in Glen Mills, PA. My typical hangout space is in the Visitor Center; however, you can also find me visiting my fellow friends around the park quite often.

In case you were wondering, I’m a real friendly snake. I love when people stop by the Visitor Center to visit, and I love to curl up for a nap in the staff’s pockets and sweatshirt hoodies.

This is my new blog called Cornelius’ Corner where I will share many fun and interesting facts about snakes. Snakes aren’t the only animals that live in the park, so I decided to invite some friends to contribute to my blog too. Happy reading, friends! Hope to see you soon around the park.

Today my friend the American Goldfinch will be sharing some fun facts about his life in the park.


Hello readers! Thanks again to Cornelius for allowing me to contribute to his blog.

You might have already seen me if you’ve stopped by the Native Pollinator Garden – I love to eat flower seeds (especially coneflowers). I stand out because of my bright yellow coloring and black contrasting wings. My beak is orange, and I have white under my tail.

I am between four and five inches from beak to tail, and weigh between 0.4-0.7 ounces, which is about the same as 2 to 4 quarters!

My mate is a little bit smaller than me, and she isn’t as bright yellow. Her markings are olive colored instead of bright white. In the wintertime, both of us molt into a dull tan color, and our black markings change to brown.

Listen for my “po-tay-to-chip!” calls in the park and be sure to say hi when you see me!



Thanks for reading my blog! Stay tuned for more posts. See you around the park!

– Cornelius


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