Many species have successfully raised chicks by now, and adults with fledglings are common around the state. Peregrine falcons and bald eagles are fledging young, though the families will remain around the nest sites for a few weeks as the young birds develop and gain more independence.
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What to Look For in the Next Two Weeks
American goldfinchWhile the completion of a nest means many birds are done breeding for the year, others are gearing up for another nest.
Many of our songbirds, including some species of warblers and thrushes will raise one to two broods per year, but some common backyard birds can do even more: eastern bluebirds and America robins can raise as many as four broods per year, and mourning doves can raise a startling six!
For those looking for more resources to learn bird songs the Merlin phone app from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a tool that allows the device to “listen” to sounds in the environment and suggests IDs for birds in real time. Get out and use it now, because things get quieter every day from here on out!
Meanwhile, American goldfinches have just started their first nests—these late breeders time their reproduction to line up with the ripening of their major food sources, thistle and other seeds.