Wednesday, July 23, 2008

American Goldfinch

I see a lot of female American Goldfinch gathering nesting materials at this time of year. Unlike most other bird species, the American Goldfinch does not begin nest building activities until late July or August. I think this is fluff of a Goatsbeard plant that the female goldfinch is collecting.

10 comments:

Mary said...

I've always wondered about their nesting. I never see young ones here....just adults both winter and summer. I don't even know what the little ones look like. Great photos of it with the mouthful of nesting fluff!

bobbie said...

Love the finch with a beak full of fluff. The perfect camera critter.
I wonder why the next so late?

Andri Setiawan said...

nice photos. what a good catch. but it seems a bit blurred.

Raven said...

Beautiful. I think this may be the little guys I saw at the back of my yard this week though your pictures are much more clear than mine.

Elizabeth said...

These are so lovely and elegant.

kjpweb said...

What a catch - not only shot getting building material, also captured the Home Depot store! ;)
Keep us posted!
Cheers, Klaus

Michelle of Rambling Woods said...

It is time isn't it? I want to put out my nesting ball. Good photos of them, I do enjoy their little calls and song...

Deborah Godin said...

Boy, nesting in July seems like it's cutting it pretty close! Around here (near Point Pelee,Ontario and Windsor/Detorit) we're on our second brood of grackles! But I guess the finches have to wait for the thistles to bloom. Love the shots of them with their goats-beard "mustaches."

Becky and Gary said...

I haven't seen them at my feeders lately, and I thought they were probably busy. Nice catch. I don't remember ever seeing one with nesting material.

Ruth said...

I didn't know they nested so late. But they don't migrate (around here anyway) so there is no big rush. Nice pictures.