Birdie bling


Male goldfinch, almost ready for spring. (©Huffygirl)

The birds in my area are taking on their colorful plumage, a sure sign of spring. After all, they have to look their best for mating season, especially the males. They need their bright, colorful feathers to attract the hottest babes in the bird world.

The color change is most obvious in the goldfinches. The males are changing from yellow-brown to all yellow, but as  you can see by the pictures, this happens gradually. They’re  still a way off from the bright canary  yellow they put on for spring. The females are shedding their all brown look for yellow-brown, similar to the coloring the males had all winter.

It’s a little hard to tell the males and females apart during this transition time, but by May it should be obvious. In the meantime, watch for typical male behavior to differentiate – things like hogging the remote, watching too much basketball, and driving big birdie SUVs 🙂

This female (lower perch) looks good, but these guys have a way to go (© Huffygirl)

He's still working on getting his bling. (© Huffygirl)

 

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23 thoughts on “Birdie bling

  1. Love your photos. I was starting to get excited about spring until this weekend squashed my hopes with sleet and snow flurries, in Virginia, no less! This week’s weather is supposed to be a bust, but your pictures remind me that spring cannot be stopped, and it has to be just around the corner.

  2. Thanks for the lesson on birds 🙂 I am not very knowledeable about birds, but I sure love to watch them. Hummingbirds are the coolest 🙂 I had a special encounter with one once. Standing on my front porch…and mind you I had never seen one around my house at all before…suddenly there was a hummingbird hovering only a few inches from my face. It stayed there for at least several seconds, maybe a whole minute. What a gift.

  3. I love watching the birds…just this morning I noticed there were an abundance of little birds flying through the tree tops. I am looking forward to seeing them visit my little bird feeding garden we are creating. Thanks for sharing. enJOY!

  4. Maybe the males get the remote in the bird houses but in our house I have a hard time getting my hands on the remote.

  5. Great post – colorful pics, good information, humor. What’s not to love? Now if we can only get Spring to cooperate. I’ve never seen such a winter and am right ready to shoot Old Man Winter in the butt with a load of buckshot.

  6. Pingback: Downy and Hairy: The city bird and the country bird | Huffygirl's Blog

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