Goldfinch begin to blossom. By
May the boys will look more glamorous than the girls, and when that
happens we will hardly see them again until the late summer.
I slept once in a small wood in the
Ardennes. It was set back from the road in farmland. When I
woke I was surrounded by tiny little mice that had not the slightest
intention of noticing me. I could see their ears and their
eyes. When I moved they became curious. Then when I stood up
they were gone. And it was as though I had dreamt them.
I could hear the road, busy with the
morning. I guessed that soon enough I could look for a ride. I
remained still, hoping to see the mice again but instead I watched the morning
and a male Goldfinch chasing a female.
The European Goldfinch male has the red face. He appears stockier
than the American relative and when his face is very red he can become a
tyrant. Bossing everyone around. Which is not the case with
the boys here in Kentucky. The more colorful they become the more
serene they seem to be.