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RE: goldfinch

I'm not sure that is the case, Kitty.  I think if you keep enough natural or
bird feeder filled treats around for the finches you already have, they will
over winter with you.  If they can't find the food as fall/winter comes,
they will move on to better "feeding" grounds.  I doubt it was an escaped
parakeet!  Since I leave the seed heads on my coneflowers and a couple other
seed bearing plants they seem to like, they will over winter in our yard.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Kitty
Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2004 10:06 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] goldfinch

I DID see a bright neon-yellow goldfinch in the dead of winter several years
back.  Are you telling me it was probably an escaped parakeet instead?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2004 7:29 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] goldfinch

> That's interesting, Pam.  Our goldfinches don't go South.  They're here
> winter, but
> the males lose their brilliant color in the fall and spend the winter
> like their drab
> mates.  One of the first signs of spring here is when the males begin to
> a few
> bright feathers.  They look pretty patchy for a few weeks before they're
> golden
> again.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 08/07/2004 10:06:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> gardenqueen@academicplanet.com writes:
> feed them here in the winter to get them fattened up for their trip
> North so they can do their summer breeding. I don't get to see them in
> their pretty summer color though unless I go up to Jesse's.
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