Goldfinches Getting Ready for Summer
American Goldfinches have been active at the feeders lately. Over the weekend Judy took some photographs of male Goldfinches that show them almost done with molting out of their winter plumage, which is a dull gray.
Basically, it’s all about attracting the lady Goldfinches. In reality it is not summer they are getting ready for, but the mating season.
Here’s what the male goldfinch looks like in winter.
And here’s he is early on in the molting process.
The females don’t bother with bright colors. It’s the males who have to prove themselves, apparently. Whether this is fair or not I leave to the judgement of others.
Though they are more skittish around people than the chickadees, goldfinches are still endearing little birds.
They have an odd, bouncy way of flying and a chattering song, which you can listen to here.
Do you have Goldfinches in your garden?