Friday, February 20, 2015

Feathers on Friday

We have had four types of finches at our feeders the past few days, Common Redpolls, American Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, and a Hoary Redpoll.
I was surprised to see the goldfinches already getting their breeding plumage, a male already has the black on it's face and it's bright yellow feathers are coming in.
I don't know why, but I've always really loved Pine Siskins, so it's nice to have them around.
I believe we have a Hoary Redpoll too, from what I can tell. It's stripes are a lot fainter, it's rump is white, it does not have a red wash, and there's only one that looks like that in our yard.
I hope I will make a post soon, as well as a post for the rarity hunt. I also am planning to update my blog, my life list and year lists and such, so stay tuned! And here is my FoF photo:

American Goldfinch with seed in beak

Here is Prairie Birder's post.


  1. I can't wait for the goldfinches to show up at my feeders. I'm looking forward to seeing your updated lists!

  2. i've had them come to my feeder occasionally
    their hard to keep though
    thanks for the post!

  3. Great picture! Here the American Goldfinches are leaving and the Lesser Goldfinches are staying, so we'll have the Lesser Goldfinches all through spring and summer until the American Goldfinches return in the fall.

    1. So do you ever really get to seem them in their full summer colors then? Thanks!

  4. Great photo!

    We haven't had very many finches around this year.