Goldfinch Dad Feeding Chick: May 17, 2022

American Goldfinches are with us all year round although the males are gold and black only in the warmer months.

I have often read that they are late nesters – August and September – who prefer to wait for thistledown in nest construction.

So it was that I was surprised to find a chick today at the upper Scarborough Bluffs:

American Goldfinch chick

The dad was sitting nearby:

American Goldfinch (male)

Dad proceeded to lovingly feed the chick:

American Goldfinch chick with dad
American Goldfinch chick with dad
American Goldfinch chick with dad
American Goldfinch chick with dad
American Goldfinch chick with dad
American Goldfinch chick with dad

Other birds:

Northern Cardinal (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
American Robin
House Sparrow dad with chick
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Warbling Vireo
Gray Catbird
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Indigo Bunting (juvenile)
Song Sparrow
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Gray Catbird
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)
Yellow Warbler (male)

Today’s groups:

10 am:

1 pm:

MAILBOX

Heather Pantrey sent me some fine photos from a recent trip to Pelee.

Red-headed Woodpecker
Prothonotary warbler

You can see all of the photos here:

Pelican and Other Birds at Pelee: Heather Pantrey | Miles Hearn

NATURE POETRY

Oh! fragrant is the breath of May
In tranquil garden closes.              – William Hamilton Hayne (1856–1929)

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