Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Backyard Birds 040616

The recent return of snow brought the birds
back to the feeders.
American Goldfinch -  Beginning in September, they molt all of their feathers, ending up with a  pristine set of feathers (and drab colors). In the spring, the males  transform into bright yellow breeding plumage, but the wing and tail feathers remain from the previous fall. As these wing feathers get older the pale buff edges fade to white and disintegrate, so that by the end of the summer the wings look essentially all black. And in September another complete molt begins.
 
The red winged blackbirds seem to be here to stay.

More beautiful birds at:
Wild Bird Wednesday w/Stewart



3 comments:

  1. Splendid birds - I always like seeing birds that have been named 'for' ones in the UK - we have the same thing here - with many black and white birds being called Magpies. I like that sense of history.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  2. I love both birds...always so glad to hear the Red-wing return in the spring.

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