Juvenile goldfinches don't have the red face, it will develop as the GF matures. My guess, it's on the cusp of juvenile/adult.
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In reply to Mike B:
In reply to fujiandhuaweitim:
fujiandhuaweitim said:Thanks Mike. I get juvenile Goldfinches visit every year and never seen one like this. This bird has been visiting for several weeks now and always looked this way. Your suggestion is definitely a possibility. If the bird keeps visiting the garden then I guess time will reveal the answer.
I've managed to dig out a photo of a juv GF having a bathe on the pond fountain a couple of years back. You will see the resemblance, the orange being the early appearance of the red facial feature.
In reply to Robbo:
Robbo said:I've not heard that one before. Surely, if all immature goldfinches developed orangey faces, there would be far more about? I've not found any docs to back up the theory. We get goldfinches up close to the window most days throughout the year, due to teasel and niger. Yet to see any orange faces in 9 years.
It is something I've not had confirmed, only something I've seen after searching to ID the juv GF on the fountain, using photos shared on the web, and in particular Flickr.
I've only seen one orange faced GF on Flickr some time back.
It is hopefully an educated guess.
I'm no expert, I've still a lot to learn, so I've only gleaned what I've discovered ref juv GF's.
I presume you will have scrolled down the blog post, where you will see a juv GF with faint orange plumage atop the head.
In reply to Internetman:
Internetman said:Could be a pigmentation issue. I guess you’ll know if it keeps on appearing.
Good suggestion, though I had considered pigment issue, or even hybrid.
Really we needed more info and follow ups on that particular bird.
One thing I've struggled with on the web is obtaining good solid info on juvenile birds, and other animals, but it is there, just often harder to find while casting aside the dubious info.
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