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Jan 23, 2011

Thoughts of breeding at -20C?

American Goldfinch ~ Carduelis tristis
BarrytheBirder photo

January 22, -20C, and already the male goldfinches are starting to turn from drab olive to yellow.   Someone mentioned to me, a day or so ago, that the goldfinches at their feeders were starting to show signs of breeding plumage.   I took the picture above this morning and the spots of yellow are indeed showing.   Personally, at -20C, I start to turn blue, not yellow.   That's a female redpoll on the opposite side of the feeder, from the goldfinch.   I betcha breeding is the last thing on her mind today.   Please comment if you wish.

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