[CT Birds] Gull-Goldfinch Questions

Kathy Van Der Aue kvda at optonline.net
Mon Aug 30 13:52:48 EDT 2010

I have had birds eat the leaf miners out of my Swiss chard and beets.  This 
year I have had very few miners but I've noticed it in the past.  I don't 
know if coltsfoot gets leaf miners.

Kathy Van Der Aue, Southport, CT
kvda at optonline.net

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Subject: [CT Birds] Gull-Goldfinch Questions

> Have two questions to ask..........
> # 1 - Recently, I saw 3 Ring-billed Gulls fly by near a Mall in 
> Torrington.
> All 3 were in direct flight, but they were occasionally cutting about as 
> they
> flew
> as if catching insects from the air as swallows often do.
>  I have never seen Gulls do this before.
> Has anyone ever seen this behavior in gulls before?
> #2 - this morning, I again saw 7 Goldfinch on the side of the road
> picking and eating the big leaves of Coltsfoot. I saw them doing this
> 2 days before in same spot. Last year, they ate my Swiss-chard
> in the same manner, perching on the leaf then eating
> only the areas between the veins. A bit unusual to see a passerine bird 
> species
> eating leaves.
> Has anyone ever seen this behavior in Goldfinch before?
> Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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