A couple of weeks ago anywhere you looked on TV, the Internet, Twitter -- you could find something about Fall Fashion Week. About now I guess, it's natural to be thinking about changing our look to reflect the changing weather and time of year, you know, our annual Autumn wardrobe makeover. I say it's only natural because when you look around, it's obvious that style makeovers are more than Red Carpet events, all of nature begins to change at this time of year. In particular, though, I'm thinking about our little thistle seed loving friend, the American Goldfinch.
About this time every year, the feathers hanging around the ol' Mr. Canary Finch Feeder begin to look a little more, uh, let's say subtle. The females always have a softer, less ostentatious appearance than the breeding males because, less face it, the males are show-offs. But come Fall, when their dating scene winds down, even those golden boys of Summer take on a more understated look. Just like when we trade our bright turquoise and fuchsias of summertime for the deeper teals and magentas of Fall, the goldfinches tone down their brilliant yellow to warmer, deeper shades. But they don't migrate, so keep the Nyjer seed nearby and those garden bird feeders filled. You'll see, those Red Carpet fashionistas have nothing on nature when it comes to Fall color trends. Absolutely nothing.