American Goldfinch ~ Carduelis tristis
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.