And Now They’re Gone

They arrive between Thanksgiving and Christmas to cheer up the holidays, though their colors are hardly festive. On arrival for their winter stay, they seem like nondescript little birds with only some subtle wing bars that verify they are goldfinches. Through the early spring they gradually brighten to their brilliant namesake plumage with a dozenContinue reading “And Now They’re Gone”

First Goldfinch

Yesterday, December 20, 2021, the first goldfinch of the winter season appeared on our birdfeeder. Though in winter plumage, a hint of gold is visible on its neck and upper chest, and its distictive wing bars positively identify it. With cooler air moving in, it will soon be joined by others flocking to the feeder.Continue reading “First Goldfinch”