The Golden Jackets are Nearly Complete

The Golden Jackets are Nearly Complete

April 11, 2017 - 4:04pm -- helenfisher

It has been so interesting to watch the American goldfinch boys shed their greys for golds.  Sometime in February we noticed the transition beginning.  We read that only the body feathers are molting at this time of the year, and the beautiful black and white barring on the wings is already fresh and new after an earlier flight feather molt.  Over the spring break we returned to see our golden boys flitting around the feeders, and the lesser goldfinches returned after being gone for some months. Spring is certainly exciting.

Helen Fisher, Grade 5
Boise, Idaho USA

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