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Goldfinch (collecting silk)

Spinus tristis


Goldfinch use silk (spider or worm) to help glue their nest together. Their nests are often built so tight and strong that they are water-tight.

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sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 7 years ago

Good thinking, AshleyT. :)

AshleyT 7 years ago

It wouldn't be making a nest this time of year, and considering the silk is attached on both ends to plants in the photo, I would assume the bird might have just eaten a spider or something that was in the silk. Nests are made in July and August, it is long past breeding season now.

sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 7 years ago

So neat! Why is it making a nest this time if year?

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

Since this Goldfinch is collecting for a nest, please consider adding this spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at

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Marion, Ohio, USA

Spotted on Nov 30, 2013
Submitted on Nov 30, 2013

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