Tuesday, March 12, 2019

American Goldfinch


American Goldfinches have been around our neighborhood all winter—just not at our feeder until 9 and 10 March. Then two appeared. Although both are in their drab, basic plumage, goldfinch gender can be discerned by their wing color. Note the jet-black color on the wing of the male in the first photo. Compare the dusky black, almost slaty wing on the female’s wing in the second image. In the late spring, of course, the striking yellow and black male plumage is obvious. At this time of year, relative brightness of males and females varies quire a bit. Any time of year, however, you can rely on wing color to tell goldfinch gender. The crest on this goldfinch is odd. I have never noticed a crested goldfinch. 

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