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Jan 14, 2013

Goldfinch has spring colours in January

Photo by BarrytheBirder
The American Goldfinch pictured above (Jan.13) at the backyard feeder was a bit of surprise, in that its bright yellow colouring was advanced by about three months.   It stuck out like a sore thumb among the other goldfinches, which won't take on the bright yellow colouring until April.   The nearby Redpoll seems somewhat impressed by his colourful feeder-mate.   The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has declared that the American Goldfinch is one of the strictest vegetarians in the bird world.   It eats seeds almost exclusively and is therefore described as being granivorous.   Now there is a word I have never heard before.
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