The N. Williston development where I live was carved out of a 1930s CCC "reforesting" project that planted red pine (there was some kind of white pine disease prevalent at the time) over probably 10-20 acres. Most of the neighbors have destroyed their pines, but mine survive, and there are enough of them to form a canopy and provide a haven for birds.
Earlier this a.m., heading home with dog from roaming neighbor's hayfields and lanes (not much happening), I heard all this noisy chattering ... from MY yard. Turned out to be the resident flock of 75 or so A. Goldfinches, making merry at my feeding station. They were so LOUD that it was almost embarrassing.
The flock seems to rotate around the area. They've been here before, but not so vociferously. I have also observed them at other neighbors' feeding stations that abut a mixed woodland.
Today their plumage is so much brighter (males, anyway) and smoother (females) than it was on their last visit, when they were in the midst of molting. (And looked pretty ratty.)
Is all this avian yelling and screaming a Rite of Spring? I sure hope so.