Re:[cayugabirds-l] Goldfinches molting in mid-January?

2021-01-16 Thread hollis.white
Greetings, im up on the northern border,Akwesasne,i have goldfinches all year, 
what i notice is the molt during migration,while the local birds are in partial 
 molt,i start to get numbers of what i think are northern breeders in mostly 
all complete alternate plumage in fall ,wonder if others notice this or is 
because i live the north country.Hollis WhiteAkwesasne, NY

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 Original message From: Dave Nutter  Date: 
1/15/21  5:17 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: CayugaBirds-L b  
Subject: Re:[cayugabirds-l] Goldfinches molting in mid-January? 
On a recommendation I looked at Macaulay’s winter photos and saw plenty of 
variety but no sense of whether the sample is biased for or against molting 
birds. Then I recalled I own a reference, a bander’s ID guide. For American 
Goldfinch it says: “Continuous, limited molting occurs throughout the winter.”  
Wild. Learn something new... Still, is this generally known among feeder 
watchers? So much to learn.
It’s fun being able to recognize individual birds. Spock was back today.

- - Dave Nutter
On Jan 15, 2021, at 2:21 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:

For the last 10 months I have sharply curtailed my travel, both on account of 
the pandemic and to eliminate my birding carbon footprint. Meanwhile I have 
been paying closer attention to feeder birds than ever before. Maybe other 
folks who have longer experience carefully noting who comes to their feeders 
can answer me this: 
Is it unusual to have male American Goldfinches already beginning to molt into 
breeding plumage in the middle of January? Yesterday I noticed at least 2 with 
black speckles appearing on their foreheads, and one of those even has a single 
bright yellow arched eyebrow, like a tiny quizzical Mr. Spock. I noticed these 
birds at a time when I also had a new maximum number of American Goldfinches, 
so I guess it’s possible that it’s these individual birds’ presence rather than 
their plumage that has changed. So, my alternative question is: Have other 
feeder watchers seen male American Goldfinches retaining black speckles on the 
forehead or asymmetrical bright yellow patches beyond the typical autumn molt 
time and into the winter?

Thanks.

- - Dave Nutter
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinches molting in mid-January?

2021-01-15 Thread anneb . clark
Some of mine are similar but my impression without photo documentation is that 
some never fully lost yellow patches or black flecks. 

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> On Jan 15, 2021, at 5:18 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:
> 
> On a recommendation I looked at Macaulay’s winter photos and saw plenty of 
> variety but no sense of whether the sample is biased for or against molting 
> birds. Then I recalled I own a reference, a bander’s ID guide. For American 
> Goldfinch it says: “Continuous, limited molting occurs throughout the 
> winter.”  Wild. Learn something new... Still, is this generally known among 
> feeder watchers? So much to learn.
> 
> It’s fun being able to recognize individual birds. Spock was back today.
> 
> - - Dave Nutter
> 
>> On Jan 15, 2021, at 2:21 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:
>> 
>> For the last 10 months I have sharply curtailed my travel, both on account 
>> of the pandemic and to eliminate my birding carbon footprint. Meanwhile I 
>> have been paying closer attention to feeder birds than ever before. Maybe 
>> other folks who have longer experience carefully noting who comes to their 
>> feeders can answer me this: 
>> 
>> Is it unusual to have male American Goldfinches already beginning to molt 
>> into breeding plumage in the middle of January? Yesterday I noticed at least 
>> 2 with black speckles appearing on their foreheads, and one of those even 
>> has a single bright yellow arched eyebrow, like a tiny quizzical Mr. Spock. 
>> I noticed these birds at a time when I also had a new maximum number of 
>> American Goldfinches, so I guess it’s possible that it’s these individual 
>> birds’ presence rather than their plumage that has changed. So, my 
>> alternative question is: Have other feeder watchers seen male American 
>> Goldfinches retaining black speckles on the forehead or asymmetrical bright 
>> yellow patches beyond the typical autumn molt time and into the winter?
>> 
>> Thanks.
>> 
>> - - Dave Nutter
> 
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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Goldfinches molting in mid-January?

2021-01-15 Thread Dave Nutter
On a recommendation I looked at Macaulay’s winter photos and saw plenty of 
variety but no sense of whether the sample is biased for or against molting 
birds. Then I recalled I own a reference, a bander’s ID guide. For American 
Goldfinch it says: “Continuous, limited molting occurs throughout the winter.”  
Wild. Learn something new... Still, is this generally known among feeder 
watchers? So much to learn.

It’s fun being able to recognize individual birds. Spock was back today.

- - Dave Nutter

> On Jan 15, 2021, at 2:21 PM, Dave Nutter  wrote:
> 
> For the last 10 months I have sharply curtailed my travel, both on account of 
> the pandemic and to eliminate my birding carbon footprint. Meanwhile I have 
> been paying closer attention to feeder birds than ever before. Maybe other 
> folks who have longer experience carefully noting who comes to their feeders 
> can answer me this: 
> 
> Is it unusual to have male American Goldfinches already beginning to molt 
> into breeding plumage in the middle of January? Yesterday I noticed at least 
> 2 with black speckles appearing on their foreheads, and one of those even has 
> a single bright yellow arched eyebrow, like a tiny quizzical Mr. Spock. I 
> noticed these birds at a time when I also had a new maximum number of 
> American Goldfinches, so I guess it’s possible that it’s these individual 
> birds’ presence rather than their plumage that has changed. So, my 
> alternative question is: Have other feeder watchers seen male American 
> Goldfinches retaining black speckles on the forehead or asymmetrical bright 
> yellow patches beyond the typical autumn molt time and into the winter?
> 
> Thanks.
> 
> - - Dave Nutter

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Re:[cayugabirds-l] Goldfinches

2010-01-24 Thread Ken Smith
We have had 20-30 goldfinches consistently for the last month, also ~20 Tree 
Sparrows, here in the hills between Lansing and Groton. No siskens yet.

Ken Smith
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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinches

2010-01-24 Thread Judy Read
In answer to Meena's question, I also have a small flock of goldfinches on a 
daily basis in Homer.


Judy Read
Homer

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To answer Meena's commentary about Goldfinches,  I've got a small flock
here in Caroline Center on a regular basis.

Bill
Baker

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinches

2010-01-24 Thread Elaina McCartney

I've had a flock of about a dozen all winter at south end of Cayuga Lake.

Elaina

At 1:16 PM -0500 1/24/10, Judy Read wrote:
In answer to Meena's question, I also have a small flock of 
goldfinches on a daily basis in Homer.


Judy Read
Homer

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To answer Meena's commentary about Goldfinches,  I've got a small flock
here in Caroline Center on a regular basis.

Bill
Baker

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Re: [cayugabirds-l] Goldfinches

2010-01-24 Thread Meena Haribal
All Cayuga Lake Basin (CLB) birders and outside CLB birders.
Thanks for your replies. Now I am convinced that they are around but just I 
seem to have not sighted them. I will look out for them.
Meena



At 05:11 PM 1/24/2010, Sally Eller wrote:
We have had a flock of about 20 Goldfinches all winter here on the west 
shore, mid-lake.  No Pine Siskins.
Sally Eller
Ovid/Romulus

On Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 1:16 PM, Judy Read 
mailto:jar...@twcny.rr.comjar...@twcny.rr.com wrote:
In answer to Meena's question, I also have a small flock of goldfinches on 
a daily basis in Homer.

Judy Read
Homer

Meena Haribal
Ithaca NY 14850
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