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Jim: If you have Goldfinches nesting at this time of year, it would be quite
remarkable. I have nest date data for over 240 birds in the midwest spaning
a time period of 40 plus years. The earliest nest date for Goldfinches that
I have in Missouri is July 10th in St. Louis County. Most nest dates range
from July 15 to Aug. 15 in the areas I have observed them.
Just wanted to pass this info on to you.
Good luck and good birding.
Dave Pierce
St. Louis County
On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 1:58 PM, Jim Zellmer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>   Mobirders,
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> This spring has been very interesting and a little bit rewarding.  As
> migration got underway, and things started to happen, I took a little time
> to reflect on what was going on in the Zellmer's world.  Below is an account
> of just different things that I found interesting or a bit unusual and
> wanted to share them with you all.  There is no particular order, they
> occurred as they were thought of.
>
> 1)  I still have 15 Pine Siskins coming to my backyard feeders.  They are
> singing up a
>      storm and eating me out of house and home.  They wait in the near by
> trees for me to
>      fill up the feeders and the bird bath and then descend like there is
> no tomorrow.
>
> 2)  I have one male and two female Rose-breasted Grossbeaks coming to my
> feeders as
>      well and this is the first time ever since I have lived in Blue
> Springs.  It is now five days
>      and they seem pretty contented.  We'll see if they hang around and
> nest.
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> 3)  After three years, I still have a Cooper's Hawk living somewhere in the
> back of the
>      neighborhood.  He make an appearance ever once in a while, looks
> around and then
>      off.
>
> 4)  For the first time, I had a Veery pass through my backyard and stopped
> for a short
>      break.  Just long enough to sing his absolutely wonderful song.  Love
> the double
>      fluted sound.
>
> 5)  At last count I have 12 different species of birds nesting in one of
> three backyards
>     including my own.  The yards are all right there together, mine, one to
> the north and one
>     to the south.  The birds are:  Goldfinch, Brown Thrasher, Black-capped
> Chickadee,
>     Blue Jay, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Starling, Grackle, Carolina
> Wren, House
>     Wren, and Cardinal.
>
> 6)  For the first time, I had a Western Meadowlark singing just a few
> blocks of my house.
>      This is very much in the city limits of Blue Springs and the first one
> for Jackson
>      County.
>
> 7)  And finally, the Western Kingbirds have returned to Blue Springs.  It
> has gotten to
>      where they are as much a apart of spring as the flowers blooming and
> the Robins
>      singing.  It is nice to live in the mid-west where we have such
> wonderful opportunities
>      for the birds that grace our backyards and make life a little more
> enjoyable.
>
> Thanks and have a great day and happy birding,
>
> Jim Zellmer
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> Blue Springs, MO
> 816-228-3955
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