Where Have All the “Gold”finches Gone? October 22, 2021

In spring, male goldfinches prepare for matchmaking and breeding by moulting into a lovely gold plumage:

American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)

By Autumn, this gold is a mere memory and males become inseparable in appearance from females.

We saw many goldfinches, likely a mixture of males and females, at Col. Sam Smith Park this morning.

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinches
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

Other birds:

Downy Woodpecker (male)
House Sparrow (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
House Sparrow (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorant
White-throated Sparrow
Red-necked Grebe
White-throated Sparrow
juvenile Herring Gull with fish
White-throated Sparrow
American Black Ducks
European Starlings
Ring-billed Gull
House Sparrow (male)
American Black Duck with Mallards
House Sparrow (female)
American Black Ducks (male with yellow bill)
Mallard (female)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Ring-billed Gull
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mallards
Ring-billed Gull

Species list: red-necked grebe, double-crested cormorant, Canada goose, mallard, American Black duck, gadwall, mute swan, ring-billed gull, herring gull, downy woodpecker, American robin, golden-crowned kinglet, European starling, yellow-rumped warbler, house sparrow, common grackle, red-winged blackbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, white-crowned sparrow, white throated sparrow. (21 species)

This morning’s group:

NATURE POETRY

The rising sun had crowned the hills,
And added beauty to the plain;
O grand and wondrous spectacle!
That only nature could explain.                        – Olivia Ward Bush-Banks (1869–1944)

Miles Hearn

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