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Emily Dickinson

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Goldfinches breed early this year

A young lesser goldfinch visits a backyard feeder, top left perch. Photo by J.J. Meyer
For the last month, birders have reported their backyard goldfinches missing in action. Well, we now know that they were off nesting because they've returned to feeders with their young. Generally, lesser goldfinches nest later in the year than any other finch.  Most believe it's because of the abundance of thistle seeds available in late summer.  They prefer to nest in areas with shrubs and scattered oaks.  So they tend to leave urban back yards to nest in areas such as Caspers and O'Neill Parks.  To ensure their return, keep your feeders sparkling clean and full of fresh nyjer seed.
Happy Birding!

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