Last Look

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Ordinarily, I probably wouldn't have noticed this bird at the feeders.  The closeup afforded by the BirdCam reveals an American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) taking on winter coloration.  With grayish tones on the front and sides, it is probably a female.  Our state bird, they are abundant on South Fidalgo in the spring and summer.  In the fall, however, they always disappear, apparently preferring warmer climes.  This may be one of the last stragglers.  In somewhat awkward lighting, I caught four shots of her on October 19th, then none after that.  Here is one more...

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