I’ve been taking a lot of pictures. Today, when normally I would be taking more pictures because it’s a perfect day, I restrained myself. I have so many pictures that need processing, I have to work my way through at least half of them before I dare add more to the pile. A few days ago I noticed that the Goldfinch are starting to change from winter plumage to the bright yellow gold .
Gold is their breeding color. Once they change color — just about now — they remain brilliant yellow until winter After that, they fade to an almost olive or nearly taupe. You know spring has begun when they all begin to turn turn gold. The finches are permanent guests. They won’t leave, except briefly in November when they go back to Canada for a few weeks. Otherwise, they stay here.