Goldfinches, the Vegan Birds
Our Cup Plants (Silphium perfoliatum) are full of Goldfinches these days. Goldfinches love Cup Plant seeds. Also Echinacea seeds, Sunflower (Helianthus) seeds, and Thistle seed, among others. But of those 4, I only have Cup Plants.
Goldfinches eat seeds almost exclusively – they are vegan birds. Any insects consumed are eaten by accident.
Seeds are especially plentiful now, so the Goldfinches should be happy. The Cup Plant flowers have almost all become seed heads.
Though we are heading into autumn, the Goldfinches still have their bright yellow summer plumage.
In this picture you can see the Cup Plant seed in the Goldfinch’s beak. Getting photos of Goldfinches can be a challenge. They fly off every time we open the front door, which is close to the main patch of Cup Plant. To get these pictures I had to sit quietly on a lawn chair until the Goldfinches settled back onto the Cup Plant to resume their noshing.
Which seeds do the Goldfinches eat in your garden?