It's the time of year when the male American goldfinch loses his lemon-yellow breeding plumage and takes on his drab winter colors. Here are a couple of photos of a transitional goldfinch at one of our feeders this past week. Kind of a mess, isn't he?
For comparison, here is what a male goldfinch looks like during the breeding season (spring and summer):
I've written about goldfinches several times: see other posts here.