Birds changing into their spring outfits

Goldfinches and turkeys in their spring outfits.

Now the migrants are here, they are getting ready for breeding.

The blackbirds I already showed. They just had red streaks when they first arrived.  The goldfinches were rather drab, but now they really are gold:

Goldfinches
Goldfinches
More Goldfinches
More Goldfinches

As I think I said before, the finches are certainly migrants this year as they were absent for most of this particularly tough winter, but I’ve heard that even when we have them year-round, it is a different set that breeds here, our winter finches come from even further north.

On the other hand, the turkeys have been here all year but as a flock. Now there is a female nesting. I saw the male doing his dance, looking very flamenco, but behind the manure pile so I couldn’t get a good picture. Here, he is just ambling along but brighter in colour than my last set of pictures when he was with the flock. The female is following and I don’t think this was display behaviour as she was behind him; she was probably just stretching her wings.

Male turkey
Male turkey
Female turkey
Female turkey

The Goldfinches are back

I’m not sure where they’ve been, they usually stay here all winter, just not as brightly coloured as in mating season.  However, I don’t blame them for deserting us as this has been the coldest winters with longest deep snow cover that hides a lot of seeds.

But they are finally back, and very welcome as the first of the migrants.  Maybe they just went into the city where it is quite a bit warmer and no snow.

Goldfinches
Goldfinches