Teeming with birds

We took a walk last night an hour before sunset. Our longest day here at 45 degrees north latitude gives us roughly 15 - 1/2 hours of daylight. A glance skyward revealed this lovely sight:

Transient

One of the babies perched below among the willow branches ...

 baby Grackle

baby Grackle

On the home stretch I found this exquisitely woven American Goldfinch nest at the foot of a small tree. It must have blown down in a light breeze as it is perfectly intact, with no evidence of eggs. I learned that it takes them 6 days to build a nest. Their nests are often lined with the fluff from the seedheads they eat.

 Goldfinch nest

Goldfinch nest