I got a couple of shots today that had interesting (well, to me) variations in bird appearance due to some unusual feathers.
First was this shot of the Western Scrub-Jay that I got at 6:11 a.m. I like it because it’s a pretty shot, but I also like that odd little light-colored streak along the edge of his (or her) wing. I guess that’s just a feather out of place?
Then, at 4:04 p.m., I got this shot of a male Lesser Goldfinch hanging around on the thistle feeder:
That’s a really interesting effect he’s got of a light eye stripe, or a thick dark eye line, extending behind the eye. I don’t remember seeing anything like that before on a Lesser Goldfinch; it just seems to be an odd individual variation, one that I’m guessing is only going to be temporary, as feathers come and go.