One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey There,

The Blogging A to Z Challenge doesn’t run on Sundays. Traditionally, we squirrels offer a nature mystery hosted by yours truly, Hickory Squirrel. I post a mystery photo in the morning, you readers make guesses and then I return in the evening with the correct answer.

Here we go…

What is this bird and why does he look so funny?

I’ll check back later!


One of our readers got it exactly right: this is an American Goldfinch, but he’s not ‘gold’ right now because he’s molting. Both the male and female goldfinches have a dull coat in the winter, and right now are molting feathers. The female won’t look too much different, but the male of course will be a bright yellow.


4 thoughts on “One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

  1. A goldfinch molts and enters another color phase. Is that what you mean by looking funny? I live in town and we rarely get to see them unless we go out in the country, so seeing any of them here is a real treat. It’s so good to have you back! Squirrels write such interesting posts. 🙂

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