Spring is Just Around the Corner

Male (Nonbreeding) American Goldfinch at the Horicon Marsh

Male (Nonbreeding) American Goldfinch at the Horicon Marsh

A small flock of American Goldfinches flitted among the shrubs this morning at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center.  The nonbreeding plumage of the male is striking and a glimpse of its showy plumage to come this spring.  American Goldfinches breed later than most North American birds.  They wait until June when they can pluck the fluffy seeds of wild thistles to line their nests.

Canada Geese were flying and honking overhead. The Marsh is still covered in ice, but these are signs that spring is just around the corner.

Canada Geese at the Horicon Marsh

Canada Geese Waiting for Spring at the Horicon Marsh

2 Comments

  1. Reply
    Jerry February 25, 2018

    Great photographs, Lisa! I can’t believe those geese can tolerate that ice. Looks cold!

    • Reply
      Lisa February 25, 2018

      Thanks for stopping by Jerry and thanks for your comments! Yes, it was in the 20s when I took the photo.

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