Re: [Mendobirds] Ungrateful Finches
- Hi Jim,
Our Lesser Goldfinches ate most of the early leaves off our sunflowers this spring but the sunflowers grew new leaves faster than they could be eaten and bloomed marvelously.
Grass Valley, CA
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From: Jim Armstrong
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 3:27 PM
Subject: [Mendobirds] Ungrateful Finches
George and I were kidding last week that it is getting expensive to
keep the Goldfinches of various ilks in Nijer seed.
I have two socks that I fill every morning and lately there is usually
just a little left the next day.
Yesterday the little boogers discovered two sunflower plants that had
volunteered in my tomato barrels. By this afternoon, one is
completely stripped of foliage and most of its flowers and the other
about half gone. This before my very eyes.
I've never seen this in all the years of feeding them. Anyone else?
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- For the last several years we routinely have had Lesser Goldfinches eat
(really EAT) the leaves of our Echinacea plants. Sometimes only the
spines are left. At first I thought it was major insect damage until I
saw them actually doing it. They're so small they can perch and tear at
the same time. The new thing this year is they have recently discovered
the hulled sunflower seed kernels feeder (it used to just get medium
small birds such as titmice and nuthatches, and one very determined
female Acorn Woodpecker as customers).