Saturday, March 9, 2013

Glimmers of Gold

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We’ve enjoyed watching goldfinches at our bird feeders all winter. They are a common species, but very pretty, with an engaging song and interesting behavior.

As winter wanes, they are beginning to show
the glimmers of gold that are a sure sign of spring.

When I first looked at this morning's visitors, here’s what I saw:


Then one of the males turned its head, and there was the glimmer:



Goldfinches have a late-winter molt that replaces their drab gray-olive plumage with the stunning sunny gold that gives them their name. As the weeks go by, the male birds will become entirely yellow, with sharp-looking black-and-white wings and a jaunty black cap.

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