Sunday, January 16, 2011

An American Goldfinch in Winter Plumage

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Carduelis tristis

Why does this photograph remind me of sad-faced Sophie Dog?

Miss Sophie Caught the Mouse - 3



  1. Looks like a female chaffinch to me

  2. Hi, Anon . . . I had to look chaffinch up and found it is only a European bird. Our North American goldfinches molt twice a year and change color in winter. The non-breeders even have different color than the breeders and males are different than females. This is definitely a goldfinch (I don't know if it is male or female). When they molt again and turn a brilliant yellow we know that spring is here.

    Thank you!


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