Friday, January 24, 2014

Lazy FInches

The whole point of adding more native wildflowers to our gardens here was to provide a supportive environment for wildlife.  That, of course, assumes that the wildlife will readily accept the native food materials preferentially to the same old diet of sunflower seeds.  In the case of American Goldfinches...not so much.  They did visit the first breakout of seeds of the coneflowers this fall.  And they broke off, never to return.  The seedheads still stand largely unharvested.  This is sheer laziness.  The birds can just snag a fat old sunflower seed and that's it.  Coneflower takes more work.  Evidently too much for the goldfinches.  So the lesson is: Grow Flowers to Look At.  The birds are no help!

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