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Male American Goldfinches are beautiful birds with vibrant yellow and black feathers during breeding season. In the winter the yellow feathers become duller, almost beige. Then when spring comes, the birds molt and look like flying disasters. Yesterday was cold and rainy, but some came to our bird feeder and I was able to capture the following images of them.

Molting Goldfinch

Molting Goldfinch

Molting Goldfinch

Molting Goldfinch

Molting Goldfinches

Molting Goldfinches

Even though they looked terrible, these birds were tough. Despite their small size they kept other birds off the bird feeder, only allowing an occasional chickadee to fly in and out quickly.

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