Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Winter Colors

American Goldfinches in their bright yellow plumage are one of the most recognizable visitors at our feeders, spring through summer. But, when the breeding plumage is gone and the non-breeding drab winter plumage of October through March takes over, then the males in particular can be a little more puzzling to identify.  We saw a number of these non-breeding male Goldfinches while birding at the Yoncalla Log Pond yesterday. (See bird list here.) The pond, no longer used as a log pond, is being reclaimed for recreational use by North Douglas Betterment. It is basically undiscovered yet, but is a great birding spot. Winter water fowl are beginning to arrive, and the winter colors of the non-breeding season will be dominating.

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