Holly - I had a similar situation a few of years ago. The consensus was
that the bird had "skipped" its post-breeding molt. Apparently this
does occasionally occur. It is interesting that your report is also for
Professor of Biology
Green Mountain College
Poultney, VT 05764
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Subject: [VTBIRD] Goldfinch in breeding plumage
This morning at our feeders, for the second time in a month, I saw a
goldfinch in full breeding plumage. Does anyone know why this might be?
I've never seen it before.