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Monday, April 27, 2009 Ah Spring

East Brunswick, New Jersey, Sunday, April 26, 2009, starting with the dogwood in bloom

Dogwood, East Brunswick, New Jersey, Sunday, April 26, 2009 - photo by Marin A. Hewitt

The rest is pink

East Brunswick, New Jersey, Sunday, April 26, 2009 - photo by Marin A. Hewitt
East Brunswick, New Jersey, Sunday, April 26, 2009 - photo by Marin A. Hewitt
East Brunswick, New Jersey, Sunday, April 26, 2009 - photo by Marin A. Hewitt
East Brunswick, New Jersey, Sunday, April 26, 2009 - photo by Marin A. Hewitt

Obviously not pink

East Brunswick, New Jersey, Sunday, April 26, 2009 - photo by Marin A. Hewitt

A young Blue Jay

Blue Jay, East Brunswick, New Jersey, Sunday, April 26, 2009 - photo by Marin A. Hewitt

American Goldfinch (Cadruelis tristis) and as a birding friend notes, male, in new mating plumage

    All winter these guys have been kind of greenish-yellowish-grayish, like the females. In the past month or so they have molted into this bright lemony suit and their black crowns have returned.  The "tristis" in their name comes from the occasional "whiny" tone in their songs, which sounds "sad" to some humans. Mostly, their songs are bubbly and energetic, sometimes virtuoso performances. There is a sporadic, brief but diagnostic "whiny" note that recurs within the song. Also, especially in flight, they sometimes repeat "potato chip, potato chip, potato chip, chip."

Indeed.

American Goldfinch (Cadruelis tristis), East Brunswick, New Jersey, Sunday, April 26, 2009 - photo by Marin A. Hewitt
American Goldfinch (Cadruelis tristis), East Brunswick, New Jersey, Sunday, April 26, 2009 - photo by Marin A. Hewitt
American Goldfinch (Cadruelis tristis), East Brunswick, New Jersey, Sunday, April 26, 2009 - photo by Marin A. Hewitt
American Goldfinch (Cadruelis tristis), East Brunswick, New Jersey, Sunday, April 26, 2009 - photo by Marin A. Hewitt

Photos Copyright © 2009 Martin A Hewitt, used with permission

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