Imagine my surprise when I saw an American Goldfinch flying back and forth to the house.
You can see the bird just to the left of the box. You may want to click on it to enlarge.
The bird flew back and forth to the nesting box carrying materials.
A first for me! I have never seen a goldfinch enter a birdhouse.
Yet enter the finch did.
So what's so unusual about this bird activity? Plenty. In the first place goldfinches are not cavity nesters. I have looked for information and found nothing to indicate they are.
Secondly, it is far too early here for the goldfinches to nest. They are among our latest nesters despite their early color changes.
What prompted this unusual behavior? I haven't a clue. My husband thinks this bird may have survived a window strike with traumatic brain injury.
I last saw the bird flying back and forth to and from the house on Saturday. I did not see it yesterday or today. Perhaps one of the wiser goldfinches taught this one about the birds and bees.
I'll be sure to let you know who ultimately nests in this box. I would wager a huge amount that it will not be a goldfinch.