Stray Feathers

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?

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Then, at 4:04 p.m., I got this shot of a male Lesser Goldfinch hanging around on the thistle feeder:

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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.

2 Responses to “Stray Feathers”

  1. kryptonkay says:

    That’s a beautiful picture of the Western Scrub Jay. I love the sunrise pictures the best because the lighting is so pretty. I just took a picture of the two Lesser goldfinches you took earlier . I’am happy now.

  2. vireo says:

    I just went and looked at those kryptonkay. They are so nice! You *should* be happy.

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