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The American Goldfinch is the state bird of New Jersey. It is famous for its bright yellow and black colors.

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Goldfinch in the spring of last year

However, that vibrant yellow belongs only to the male finches, and only in the spring and summer. At the end of the summer, these birds molt, after which males and females look alike, in more subdued and earthly tones. Today I was able to photograph the winter Goldfinch.

Goldfinch in winter plumage

Goldfinch in winter plumage

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Goldfinch telling a Junco to keep its distance

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