Saturday, July 21, 2012

Goldfinch Season

It is (very) high summer here, and that's usually the tail end of most birds' nesting seasons, and for many of them, brood #2 or #3 at that.  However, our friend the American Goldfinch has only started.  They key off the asters that bloom deep in summer and which provide plentious oily seed.  I believe our most resident pair is in nesting as I see the male bird a good deal and in the last few days the female not at all.  And I am sure they are not nesting on this property.  Sometime in August I'll expect to see the oh-so-hungry young on the scene.  Sunflower consumption will spike! 

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