American Goldfinch, Carduelis tristis: Horsecove; Gurley, Alabama
I have been waiting for weeks for the goldfinches to complete their molt into breeding plumage. Just a few days ago they were still showing some molted plumage, but today they all appeared decked out in their breeding best. This bird alighted on a branch I provided just in front of my blind for a few seconds, which allowed me to get this beautiful portrait before it hopped to a sunflower feeder. I just love spring!