Everyone is wearing their winter plumage, so I guess I won’t be seeing any wild canary-yellow birds zooming by until next summer. Still, with that buff background, the white borders on their dark wing feathers look even more beautiful.
And now they’re starting to flock.
So here’s five goldfinches all cheep-er-eeing and eating and waiting to eat.
That extra blurry one on the left is a juvenile flapping its wings and begging for food. I thought it was late in the year to see that behavior, but it turns out that goldfinches nest later than other birds. Notice how the others are ignoring the young’un and saying, Get with the program! There’s food all over the place!