The American Goldfinches are loving the seeds in our garden. Here's a male eating the seeds of Purple Coneflower. We notice he looks a little ratty. That's because he is beginning to molt from his worn breeding plumage into his more subdued winter plumage. Time to change clothes.
Many people write to us this time of year and wonder where all the birds have gone from their feeders. We know where our birds are. Like this male goldfinch, they are chowing down on nature's ample fall banquet of all the seeds and nuts that are available this time of year.
Photo © Lillian Stokes, 2006