"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
Emily Dickinson

Monday, June 3, 2013

Seeing fewer goldfinches at your feeder?

A male Lesser Goldfinch visits a feeder in Mission Viejo yesterday.  Photo by J.J. Meyer

You may have noticed fewer goldfinches at your feeder over the last couple of weeks.  That's because they are off nesting in the canyon areas.  American and Lesser goldfinches nest later in the year than other songbirds.  Scientists believe it's because of the abundance of their favorite seeds available in late summer.

They prefer nesting in areas with shrubs and scattered oaks, so you're likely to find them in areas such as Caspers and O'Neill Parks.
So don't give up on these beautiful birds.  They'll be at backyard feeders again in a month or two, along with their offspring.

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Happy birding!

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