[CT Birds] Gull-Goldfinch Questions
sffaulkner at comcast.net
Mon Aug 30 20:20:19 EDT 2010
My pair of goldfinch who were with me all summer, seemed to delight in
eating the petals of some of the flowers in my garden (helianthus,
coneflowers, and bee balm). I got some nice photos of them perched on the
stems, petals sticking out of their beaks. Little devils!
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From: "Carrier Graphics" <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>
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Sent: Monday, August 30, 2010 11:49 AM
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
> All 3 were in direct flight, but they were occasionally cutting about as
> 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
> eating leaves.
> Has anyone ever seen this behavior in Goldfinch before?
> Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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