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!

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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.

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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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