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American Goldfinches Fledging

American goldfinches are late nesters – it is not uncommon for them to be raising young in August, and occasionally even into September. Recently while walking through a wet meadow, I became aware of a sudden burst of activity to my right.  Unbeknownst to me, I had come quite close to an American goldfinch nest which was full of nestlings on the brink of fledging.   As I passed by, the young burst explosively from their nest.  Two fluttered to the ground and quickly sought cover, one flew a short distance into some shrubs, and one remained in the nest.  Regardless of where they sought shelter, the young will be fed and cared for by their parents for the next three weeks or so.