Tuesday, January 29, 2019

American Goldfinch

Between the rigors of house-showing and cold weather, I have not ventured out much this January. The feeder birds at home are scarce. I took this image of an American Goldfinch ten days ago in nearby Washington County. The jet-black wings indicate this bird is a male. The lack of bright yellow on the shoulders is typical of males during their first winter. These males will become bright yellow this summer but will retain golden shoulders through the remainder of their lives, even as the rest of their plumage becomes drab during their second winter.

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