In two recent posts, 3 Steps to Identifying an Empty Bird’s Nest from a Crabapple Tree and Identifying Eggshells from an Empty Nest: The Second Mystery! I said that I thought a cowbird may have laid an egg in a chipping sparrow nest in my crabapple tree.
A few days later, while reading the archives at Toronto and Southern Ontario Birding, I read a series of posts which describe a pair of chipping sparrows raising their own two chicks and a cowbird chick. I consider this supporting evidence for my theory. Of course, you’re welcome to leave a comment with alternate theories!
And in another recent post, Goldfinch on Goldenrod: Both Can Beautify a Natural Shade Garden I said I wasn’t sure that the goldfinches were eating the goldenrod seeds. Whether they were or not, the juncos certainly are eating them! I watched three feeding on some goldenrod heads I had cut off but left on the grass. There even was a minor squabble when two juncos flew in a chased away three other juncos before settling down to feed. So goldenrod can help provide natural food for our native birds.
Have you noticed any birds eating goldenrod seeds? Would you consider growing a small clump to feed birds in your own backyard? Please share your experiences with a comment.