Another installment in the Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather- Goldfinches!
They are some of my favorite birds, with their cheerful songs and joyful flight. A sure sign of spring is the sight of the males molting out their duller winter colors into the vibrant yellow summer plumage. During the transition, there are some interesting patches of dull and bright feathers.
Facts about goldfinches from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
- Adult males in spring and early summer are bright yellow with black forehead, black wings with white markings, and white patches both above and beneath the tail. Adult females are duller yellow beneath, olive above. Winter birds are drab, unstreaked brown, with blackish wings and two pale wingbars.
These are active and acrobatic little finches that cling to weeds and seed socks, and sometimes mill about in large numbers at feeders or on the ground beneath them. Goldfinches fly with a bouncy, undulating pattern and often call in flight, drawing attention to themselves.
This is a picture of me holding a goldfinch that had crashed into a window and was a bit stunned. I picked it up until it was fully recovered and ready to fly away.
Goldfinch fabric can be hard to find, and is often included in fabric designs with mixed flocks of birds. Some of the goldfinch fabrics currently available in my online shops: