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Sunday, November 30, 2008
Birdwatching: Goldfinches at the Feeder
Lately the birds have been returning to the feeders. These goldfinches (Carduelis tristis) all dressed in their winter coats after molting are partaking of a feast of niger seed, which is excellent for attracting finches. Like all birds they seem to prefer the seed d'jour. Afterall who doesn't like the fresh stuff? Thistle, coreopsis, sunflower, service berry, birch, and alder are all good choices among many possible food sources to attract goldfinches. They mate in monogamous pairs and live in a flock of about 8 at least in our backyard. According to Cornell the females will sometimes leave their mate to find another and start a new brood leaving the father to take care of the offspring. Way to go goldfinch dad! Does taking responsibilty for the flock make him a Stay at Home Dad too?
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt and Lowe's and is available for edible garden consulting. Dave gardens organically and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.