Date: 1/2/20 11:46 am
From: Karen Lethbridge <kboleth...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Goldfinches in Brattleboro
They do like both, for sure!

> On Jan 2, 2020, at 2:41 PM, Maeve Kim <maevulus...> wrote:
>
> For the last two weeks, we’ve had an abundance of goldfinches here at our feeders, feasting on chipped sunflower (not niger). We counted over 50 two days ago - and one lone House Finch.
> Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
>
>> On Jan 2, 2020, at 10:11 AM, Ralph Palmer <palmer.r.violin...> wrote:
>>
>> Greetings -
>>
>> My wife and I were on a road trip this fall, and didn't get to set out our
>> feeders until the middle of November, when most birds here seem to have set
>> up their winter feeding routes. We gradually started seeing some Juncos,
>> then some other birds we're used to, but no Goldfinches. Then, earlier this
>> week, we had a couple of days with freezing rain, and we suddenly had a
>> dozen or more Goldfinches for extended (at least 15 or 20 minutes) periods
>> of time. So I thought maybe they had finally discovered (through searches
>> founded in necessity) our thistle feeder and added us to their feeding
>> route. However, once the freezing rain disappeared, so (it seems) have the
>> Goldfinches.
>>
>> Two quick questions:
>> 1) Have others on this list had similar experiences? and
>>
>> 2) Does anyone know what food source the Goldfinches may have temporarily
>> lost due to the freezing rain? I'm afraid I don't know much about the
>> Goldfinches' normal diet, especially in the winter.
>>
>> Thanks for your attention and any responses,
>>
>> Ralph
>>
>> --
>> Ralph Palmer
>> Brattleboro, VT
>> USA
>> (he, him, his)
>> <palmer.r.violin...>
 
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