Spring is here. The goldfinches are back.
But in fact, the goldfinches never left, they stayed all winter. This is the first winter that we left the nyjer feeder sock out. A brown bird started to come to it. After doing some research, I found out that the bright yellow finches turn brownish for the winter.
With the coming of warmer weather, the goldfinches are yellowing up nicely.
All last week, it seemed like each finch was sporting more yellow feathers every day. The black and white stripes were gaining more contrast. I love the deep yellow birds with the dramatic bits of black. The winter doldrums are leaving, in with the warmer colors. Welcome back.