Migratory birds, like this American Robin, may return to the same place year after year. House finches are early nesters, beginning in March in most of the country. However, for nest boxes or birdhouses, NestWatch suggests cleaning out the box at the end of the season. Some birds reuse nests because of the comfort of the nesting spot. More so, House Finches have no qualms about using their own nests repeatedly for several breeding seasons. Reusing also has much to do with the nesting spot. House Finches Nest again in 2010 The House Finches came back yet again in 2011 and built their nest in the same wreath - nifty pics/video here! House finches build nests in a variety of sites, including ivy growing on buildings and trees, and man-made objects such as window ledges. The nest of a House Finch is usually built by the female bird. Building a new nest in a new location also means predators are less likely to find the nest site before the young birds fledge. Banding studies show House Finches may live to be over 11 years old in the wild. Native to the Southwest, they are recent arrivals in the East. Adaptable, colorful, and cheery-voiced, House Finches are common from coast to coast today, familiar visitors to backyard feeders. From August into September, you’re likely to see them massed together, looking especially scruffy as they go through their post-breeding molt. The house finch may be infected by a number of parasites including Plasmodium relictum and Mycoplasma gallisepticum, which caused the population of house finches in eastern North America to crash during the 1990s. Other birds migrate into an area for the winter, often coming from the sub-arctic regions of Alaska and Canada. So, what do these birds do at night, especially on cold, blustery nights that don’t seem fit for man or beast? Almost all small birds use the same nesting site, but build a new nest every year. Birds do this by adding more materials on top each year with the older materials forming a base. Many migratory songbirds return to the same local area, and often to the exact same territory, each spring, even after traveling thousands of … Both male and female House Finch display a strong tendency to return to the same area to breed, often occupying the same nest site as the previous year. In late May/2008, some house finches nested in my rain gutter so I installed a webcam and got some nifty pictures/video of it. House sparrows are highly social birds that return repeatedly to the same hierarchically-organized flock in order to forage and roost. New York pet shop owners, who had been selling the finches illegally, released their birds in 1940 to escape prosecution; the finches survived, and began to colonize the New York suburbs. Unless your nest is made out of large branches (like raptor and heron nests), it's not durable enough to last more than one season. 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