Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Molting Gold

1. AMGO at feeder-kab American Goldfinch (male) at my window feeder this morning.

This scraggly looking male goldfinch showed up at my feeder this morning in his partially molted winter coat. He looks a bit patchy for now but soon will sport his fine gold coat and black beret for the summer. Hopefully the females will all be impressed with his finery. I know I am!

It was a sunny and mild day today but a chill north-west wind was gusting off and on all day which meant I still wore a long-sleeved shirt, my vest and my gloves when walking down to the bog to count birds. I took these photos before I left for the bog. I’ll post that story tomorrow. For now, I hope you enjoy my birds!

2. reaching-kab The goldfinch is not reaching for the peanuts…

3. feeding-kab …but rather the hull-less sunflower seeds beneath them.

 

4. WBNU-kab It’s the White-breasted Nuthatch who wants the peanuts!

With the arrival of spring the number of species in my yard has increased quite a bit. The winter migrants have yet to leave for their northern breeding grounds but a few of the summer species have arrived, like grackles and blackbirds. These are the species I saw in my yard today:5. female goldfinch-kab 

  1. Mourning dove
  2. Red-bellied woodpecker
  3. Downy woodpecker
  4. Hairy woodpecker
  5. Black-capped chickadee
  6. Tufted titmouse
  7. White-breasted Nuthatch
  8. American Robin
  9. Dark-eyed junco
  10. Northern Cardinal
  11. Red-winged Blackbirds
  12. Common grackles
  13. House Finches
  14. American goldfinches
  15. House Sparrows

6. AMGO-kab American Goldfinch 4-3-2012 Andover, MA

World Bird Wednesday 

18 comments:

  1. Hi Kathie. I've recently posted am image of our (European) Goldfinch so you can compare the two at long last. In any event I still think your version was more aptly named.

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  2. My goldfinches are not quite that far along in their molting, but have definitely begun to "brighten" up.

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  3. That Goldfinch is a beauty even though not in full summer dress yet. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Thanks Frank, I'll come take a look!

    Kathryn, they always remind me of flying daffodils!

    KaHolly, he sure is!

    Gillian, I just love them!

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  5. Lovely photos of this great coloured bird!
    Happy WBW to you!

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  6. What a colourful bid Kathie. Striking.

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  7. Oh.My.Gosh. I need one of those feeders. :) That is really getting up close with the birds.
    Your photos are lovely captures!

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  8. There's a dollop of butter on your peanut feeder! Oh, it's American Goldfinch. Charming bird Kathie, and great photos too. They really capture the bird's personality.

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  9. Wow, love the bright yellow! Great photos, Kathie!

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  10. That goldfinch is brilliant. Should have no problem attracting a mate.

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  11. Beautiful goldfinch, it is wonderful to see their summer colors. Great photos, Kathie!

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  12. I haven't seen ours lately so I don't know if they're changing, but I doubt it. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  13. Love the Goldfinch---our State bird. We have our finch feeders out . MB

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  14. Wonderful little birds to see...

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  15. Yep, I'm seeing the same changes Kathie. Great catches!

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  16. Just brilliant colour captured and they are such sweet birds to have around. Happy Easter season~

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Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.