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STOKES BIRDING BLOG: American Goldfinch breeding magic!


Me and Ignacio

Phil and Ignacio

American Goldfinch feminine on nest

Male goldfinch feeding feminine

Nesting habitat American Goldfinches

Repost from final summer season. Okay, typically birding is simply serendipity magic. I’m finding out American Goldfinches (extra on that later) and needed to see a nest. So Phil Brown (NH Audubon superior birder) was birding with Ignacio Oreamuno (Costa Rican fowl information who owns a bird-friendly espresso plantation, was ingesting espresso and sporting Stokes DLS binoculars) and a goldfinch flies proper in entrance of them and goes to a nest. Phil texts me. I fly over there, and now we have a good time watching Mrs. Goldfinch incubating. Feminine American Goldfinches sit on the nest nearly constantly till the nestlings are about 4 days outdated and she or he is fed regurgitated seeds by the male. That is about 24,480 minutes of sitting!! Breeding is a extremely cooperative enterprise between the male and the feminine; she protects the nest by constantly sitting, he gives all of the meals to her and nestlings. After day 4, the nestlings are fed by each mother and father. Oh, and did I point out an Olive-sided Flycatcher confirmed up and distracted us? Serendipity? Or meant to be?

Notice: All nest images have been taken at a distance with a protracted telephoto superzoom digital camera at 2000 mm. Nikon P950. It’s extremely vital to not disturb nests.

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