Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Caught in the Act

The evidence: Shreds of cocoa fiber from the hanging strawberry basket found on the deck.

The culprit:  A female goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) plucking fibers for her nest.  What a cute mugshot!  She was so intent on gathering materials that she didn't mind me shooting this photo. 

This (mid-July) is prime nesting time for goldfinches.  For a couple of weeks, the males have been zooming after each other.  Their bright color and lively squeaky voices make them one of my favorite backyard visitors.  Hear them at:

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