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.