We have no less than six goldfinches pigging out on our thistle sock feeder. These are all full summer plumage males and females.
Here's the question I have. It was my impression these birds tended to mate and nest in late summer, with August a month for breeding thanks to thistle down and plenty of bugs to feed the young.
However, these birds are spending virtually all their time glomming down seed. They don't seem to be concerned with nesting at all.
Yet when fall comes, there are the goldfinch nests in the shade trees of our cul-de-sac.
So what's your take on goldfinch responsiblities? Are these just crappy parents who don't care about their young? (ha ha ha) Or do they typically breed earlier than this. Because I know come October their plumage often shifts quickly.
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