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Tue Mar 31, 2020, 12:29 PM

Yippie......my little yellow male birds, finches, are getting their beautiful

summer yellow feathers back. This makes me very happy.

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Reply Yippie......my little yellow male birds, finches, are getting their beautiful (Original post)
a kennedy Mar 2020 OP
Walleye Mar 2020 #1
In_The_Wind Mar 2020 #2
Walleye Mar 2020 #5
In_The_Wind Mar 2020 #8
Fresh_Start Mar 2020 #11
In_The_Wind Mar 2020 #15
Fresh_Start Mar 2020 #16
Bmoboy Mar 2020 #17
femmedem Mar 2020 #3
Walleye Mar 2020 #12
mnhtnbb Apr 2020 #20
Walleye Mar 2020 #4
a kennedy Mar 2020 #7
Walleye Mar 2020 #10
3catwoman3 Mar 2020 #6
In_The_Wind Mar 2020 #9
3catwoman3 Mar 2020 #13
In_The_Wind Mar 2020 #14
Walleye Apr 2020 #19
Bmoboy Mar 2020 #18

Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 12:30 PM

1. Mine too. How do I post a photo here? Got it! See below

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 12:34 PM

2. My Goldfinches are lookin' good.

Trouble is: I ran 100% out of food for them.
Placed an order on Sunday, delivery will be next Monday.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 12:43 PM

5. Getting more seeds today at the grocery store. Hungry little critters

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Response to Walleye (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 12:55 PM

8. I usually buy mine at Lowe's but I'm not going into any store right now.

You understand: New York, the Hudson Valley. I thought about it but nope.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 01:00 PM

11. do you have eggs or vegetables or fruit?

you can feed them things other than seeds.

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Response to Fresh_Start (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 03:43 PM

15. We do lots of fruit.

I can try cut up apples and oranges.

Some of the little birds are also feeding off the suet cakes.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #15)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 04:10 PM

16. some birds also like peanut butter if you have it to spare....

and they seem to have a very happy time of it whenever I spread grass seed.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 04:24 PM

17. Curbside pickup

My bird seed shop will do call ahead drive up curb side delivery.

Probably going tomorrow. The grocer had some seeds but no suet.

Gotta keep the squirrels happy too.

(Pet food is "essential service" in Maryland.)

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 12:40 PM

3. Those of us who can see some wildlife while we're isolating are so lucky.

I have a tiny, tiny urban yard but I have cardinals, sparrows, sea gulls, opossums, the occasional skunk and raccoon. But how wonderful to have goldfinches with their summer yellow.

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Response to femmedem (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 01:01 PM

12. The hummingbirds should be back in about 2 weeks

Hope they make it this year. I really need them. Always amazed when the find my feeders again. I have a plate glass window to my second floor deck. Love to do photos of them

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Response to Walleye (Reply #12)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 07:07 PM

20. I used to have American Goldfinches visit my hummingbird feeder

that hung off the deck of my house in Chapel Hill. I could see the feeder from my study window. The males were bright yellow when they came to get water from the ant cup from which the feeder hung.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 12:40 PM

4. My finch

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Response to Walleye (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 12:53 PM

7. Oh my, now that's a gold finch eh?? He's gorgeous

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #7)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 12:58 PM

10. In Delaware. Crappy weather though wish we'd get some sun.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 12:49 PM

6. Why do they lose the gold color...

...in the winter?

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 12:58 PM

9. They become duller in the winter so they can better hide from predators.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #9)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 01:02 PM

13. Do you know anything about the physiology...

...behind this? A change in diet? Decreased hours of sunlight? Colder temperatures?

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #13)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 01:14 PM

14. From Sibley Guides:

→ Last Updated on March 17, 2020
Molt is the process of feather replacement. All birds do it; they have to grow new feathers once or twice a year to stay warm, dry, and airborne, and in many cases they grow differently colored feathers at different seasons to match their surroundings or to impress others of their species.

Among the small songbirds, virtually all species have a complete molt (replacing all of their feathers) in late summer, and in addition many species have a partial molt (replacing some of the body feathers but not the wing or tail feathers) in the spring.

American Goldfinch follows this pattern. Beginning in September, and continuing for six to eight weeks, they molt all of their feathers, ending up with a completely new and pristine set of feathers (and drab colors) as they head into the winter. In the spring, as they grow new body feathers the males especially transform into bright yellow breeding plumage, but the wing and tail feathers remain from the previous fall. As these wing feathers get older the pale buff edges fade to white and disintegrate, so that by the end of the summer the wings look essentially all black. And in September another complete molt begins.


https://www.sibleyguides.com/2012/05/the-annual-plumage-cycle-of-a-male-american-goldfinch/

I studied birds for one semester at a local college. It was the best time and money spent that Spring.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #14)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 01:04 PM

19. Thank you. I wondered what happened to the white on the wings in the summer

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #13)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 04:26 PM

18. Spring is baby makin' time

The males show off their acrobatic flying skills to attract the girls.

Hot yellow adds to the entertainment value.

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