Lesser Goldfinch

Yep, it's a composite. This is interesting in that it demonstrated the moult sequence of the juvenile male (left hand bird) in comparison with the adult phase (right hand bird) Note the blace beginning to fill-in in the fore head and nares of the left-hand bird, this will, obviously, become completely black. Note, also, the secondary wing-coverts have large white margins, indicating they are new feathers (left hand bird). There are a few black feathers appearing on the bend of the wing (shoulder, though it's not really the shoulder), again indicating the moult is under way. This bird, by mid-october, should look like the right hand bird, in it's adult phase.


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Taken 10:25 AM on September 24, 2011
Uploaded 2:18 PM on September 29, 2011
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Posted in Wildlife
Exif:
  • Canon EOS 30D
Place:
Wofford Heights, CA
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