[TN-Bird] Re: Flower-eating goldfinch

I used to watch goldfinches really work valley oaks in California when the 
trees were first budding in spring, so they must be going after some kind of 
fresh shoots or leaves....perhaps even a few insects in spring?

Gregg Elliott
Shelby County
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Virginia Goolsby" <vgoolsby@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <thaiscarr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2007 9:20 AM
Subject: [TN-Bird] Re: Flower-eating goldfinch


> I've had this same thing happen. In fact I grow zinnias where I can 
> observe
> the goldfinches who come regularly for snacks. However, I have always
> assumed that they were really after the immature seeds at the flower 
> petal's
> terminal. They also help themselves to the seeds on my coneflowers! I do 
> not
> cut any of my perennials back until very early spring - this gives the 
> birds
> a chance to polish off all the remaining seeds during the winter months.
>
>
> Ginger Goolsby
> 1126 Heykoop Drive
> Morristown, TN
> Hamblen County
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tn-bird-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tn-bird-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
> On
> Behalf Of Thais Carr
> Sent: Friday, August 17, 2007 9:58 AM
> To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [TN-Bird] Flower-eating goldfinch
>
> I have a flowerbed in front of the house with zinnias.  I noticed this 
> week
> that several had their petals missing, with only the center remaining and 
> no
> leaf damage.  I thought perhaps some type of grasshopper or caterpillar
> found the petals particularly tasty,  I was surprised yesterday to observe
> the guilty culprit in action- a male goldfinch.  He clung to the stem and
> ate several petals over perhaps a 10 minute period as I observed.
>
> Thais Carr
> Thompsons Station
>
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