All That Flitters Is Not Gold

Goldfinches without their “gold.”

Today we spotted our first goldfinch of the season, and belying its name, it had no gold. Its feathers were in winter colors, like the birds in the photo above, but its distinctive wing markings gave it away. They always show up between Thanksgiving and Christmas, chased south by the cold. When their feathers turn gold, we know they will be heading north for the rest of the year, but between now and April we will enjoy their aerial antics around the feeders.

Published by eskildoodle1

Retired physician with interests in writing, photography, music, and astronomy. I have written multiple stories of life experiences, travel, and astronomy, and have been playing the ukulele for 10 years. My wife Fairy and I travel frequently to the Pacific Islands of Hawaii, and French Polynesia, and I have learned several of their native-language songs. This blog will be a forum to share experiences with family and friends.

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