There are a few species of birds with a reputation for nesting very late in the year. Perhaps the most well known of these is our American goldfinch. Funny thing is I had never actually found an active nest of these ubiquitous little birds. Even more funny was the fact my first one turned out to be right alongside my own driveway.
I was pulling into the yard about three weeks ago when a small bird flew across my path. I identified it as an American goldfinch. Not only that, but its mouth was chock-full of some sort of fluff. I had little time that day and so nearly forgot about the incident until the next day when I decided to search the amur maple tree the bird was seen landing in. There it was about 12 feet above the ground, a fist-sized collection of material made into a nest. A few days later it began to be occupied by a brooding female.
As of today, she’ still there. With an incubation of 11 days, I’m positive she is now sitting on young birds. I’ve yet to see any food-carrying but I’ll keep my eyes peeled.