Its my understanding that Goldfinches are a very late nesting species. So, it probably is a normal thing. They use down from thistle heads for nesting material and need the plentiful mature seeds of Fall for feeding their young. Kevin
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  From: Jane Stein<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
  To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
  Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2008 12:01 PM
  Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] new Goldfinches - still!

  I don't think any longer than any other bird.

  I was just noticing this morning that although the "feed me" 
  calls of the last couple weeks had been winding down, there's a 
  new crop of loud and insistent ones today.

  Can't swear it's new ones, of course, but it sure sounds like it.


  Janet Watton wrote:
  > Hello, all,
  > Fecundity moves along apace here - amazing.  This morning I watched a  
  > heartily fluttering,
  > cha-beeping baby goldfinch being fed by its parent.  This is nearly  
  > October, folks!  Does anyone know how long a goldfinch baby is a feed- 
  > me-feed-me baby?  I have the impression this is a new guy.
  > Janet Watton
  > Randolph Center