Continuing the bonus posts this month, thought I’d bring you a few shots that will help you think about Spring … as if you were not already in the mood after Mother Nature put up a whopping 77 degree day this week already (yeah). Nothing represents a change in seasons .. oh sorry, guess I should use climate change instead .. than seeing the dull Winter feathers give way to beautiful color.
The Purple Finch vs House Finch has always been a tough identification. My go to characteristic is the streaking on the belly. The House has very defined streaks where the Purple for the most part lacks the same definition. The purple also has a more pinkish hue in my opinion. Based on that, my choice for the shot above is the House. Opinions to the contrary are always welcome.
Next up on the color spectrum is yellow. Specifically, the American Goldfinch all decked out in its banana costume. This image makes me chuckle every time I see it. Chillin’ on a branch, shades on, hat pulled low – Raptors have nothing on this dude in the cool factor category.
If there is one bird that can rival the brilliance of the Goldfinch, it has to be the Indigo Bunting. I swear that blue can be seen in the dead of night. Over the last couple of years, these Buntings have been increasing their presence at my feeders and usually spot one or two on each of my runs in the Jubilee Park.
Hit the jump to see a couple more crayons in the box.