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Hello Roy,
I have seen them weigh down grass stems to eat the seeds.  I have noticed that Goldfinches perch on branches, twigs, stems on an angle rather than horizontal, and they use the higher foot as a hand to secure seeds as they eat.  They even do this with seeds from the feeder, having taken them to a slanting perch and holding the seed to the branch with one foot as they eat.

Re Goldfinches and dandelions, soon after purchasing our house in Weybridge we drove by on a spring afternoon and saw the newly green yard filled with dandelions.  Then suddenly half of the dandelions took off into the air - Goldfinches!  We still talk about that vision.

Barbara B.

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Sent: Monday, May 30, 2016 8:00 PM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] Goldfinch and Dandelions! West Rutland Marsh IBA, May 30, 2016

Following up on previous observations of goldfinch behavior. Note image.

Cheers, Roy Pilcher



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Subject: eBird Report - West Rutland Marsh IBA, May 30, 2016

West Rutland Marsh IBA, Rutland, Vermont, US May 30, 2016 8:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Replenishing feeders at kiosk.. All observations made from boardwalk.
27 species

Canada Goose  3
Wood Duck  1
American Bittern  1     In flight.
Virginia Rail  1     Calling.  May have been two.
Wilson's Snipe  1     Yakking!
Mourning Dove  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Willow Flycatcher  1     Also tape recorded singing.
Eastern Kingbird  2
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Barn Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
House Wren  1
Marsh Wren  3
Veery  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  4     Eating dandelion seeds having first weighed down the stalk to the ground.

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