They are babies. You can tell because when you look at the photographs closely, you can actually see the baby feathers poking up on their heads and usually on their breasts, too. They grow from babyhood to adult in just weeks. They are born in early December and are able to fly from Ontario to New England when they are still tiny.
When they arrive, they don’t have their coloring yet. No black cap or face mask and all those pointy little baby feather sticking up here and there. This year, we have a lot of Goldfinches. Last year, I saw very few of them, but this year, we have crowds of them.
I might mention that most of the pictures in the gallery were taken on a very dark day in pouring rain. It looked like night for most of the day. It’s going to be the same way tomorrow.
Note to self: Spring is coming. Really. It is.