As the season changes, so must the wardrobe

And for many wild birds that means a new coat of feathers. It’s been fun watching the male American Goldfinches for the past couple of weeks.

From a distance, you could see that they were beginning to show a bit more gold, but now the change has really started.

With binoculars, it’s even more fascinating to watch. Right now, most of the males look like they got into a punching match, as their black mask begins to make an appearance. There’s patches of the old brown feathers and the new black feathers coming in, giving them a pretty rough look right now.

But in a few weeks, there’s nothing more striking than seeing the males in their gold and black finest.

Tomorrow I’ll give a report on the Bluebird talk we’re sponsoring tonight. Should be fun!

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