Goldfinches

Goldfinches

Goldfinches

The Goldfinches have started bringing their young ones into the feeders. You can hear the youngsters when they’re around by their loud begging calls.

juvenile Goldfinch

juvenile Goldfinch

 This young Goldfinch was trying to figure out how the adults were getting food from the Thistle feeder. He kept picking at the frayed end of the rope that was tied to the feeder. It looked like he may have been confusing the fraying with Canadian Thistle that has gone to seed – that is a favorite food of Goldfinches.

Goldfinch feeding juvenile

Goldfinch feeding juvenile

Finally one of the adults gave in to the insistence of the young bird and came up and fed him. There was a lot of commotion as the young one was fluttering his wings in classic bird begging style. I’ve read that Goldfinches feed their babies a slurry of seed and saliva. That would explain the adult’s behavior, as he ate a lot of Thistle seed first before going and feeding the juvenile.
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