Saturday, January 15, 2011

Goldfinch

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For the past weeks our yards have been absolutely overrun with American Goldfinch. 




They love our niger seed feeders but, when the latter are fully occupied, the Goldfinch seem happy enough to munch on sunflower seeds.


It's amazing how easily they manage to shuck and eat such comparatively huge seeds. Having feeders just outside our windows means that I can watch the process quite closely.






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2 comments:

Carol said...

The BBC had a story on crow behavior you might like. The story is about tool use. The crows also jump away from new objects until sure of safety. I have noticed jays jumping back from suspicious objects.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9353000/9353588.stm
I always enjoy your blog. Wish we had some of those goldfinches.

Jeff said...

Thanks for the link, Carol. I had missed that story.
Glad you like the blog!