Camera Critters - Goldfinch
The goldfinches here are still in differing stages of molting resulting in a shabby look. Soon there will be no grayish feathers left, but all bright yellow. This one will also get a black mask. Some of his little friends have already grown nearly all their yellow feathers and have patchy black masks already. Soon they will be the most striking birds in the yard.
I feel blessed to have them here year-round so that I can witness this transition. Their molting seems to me an outward expression of the exuberance of spring. Out with the melancholy of drab winter, and in with the vibrance of summer sunshine!
Check out Camera Critters this weekend to see animals and birds from all around the world.