I was fortunate this morning to get two video clips of young Goldfinches being fed by the adults. It hasn't taken long for the goldies to get used to the new, larger feeder which is just as well as there are now quite a few visiting on and off all day.
They often arrive with two or more youngsters which spend much of their time calling and flapping their wings.
One youngster was sat in the tray under the small feeder happily eating the thistle seeds the adults had dropped until a few adults arrived. Then the tactics changed to the usual wing flapping and begging to be fed. Eventually an adult turned up and performed its parental duty. After the young one had been fed the adult sits there staring it straight in the eyes as though to say - "There, I've shown you what to eat - now find some yourself."
A short while later an adult was at the edge of the grass where I had emptied some of the spilt seeds.
It seemed to be gathering quite a few. Fortunately I switched the camcorder on and this is what followed.
There was no let up for the harassed adults. Wherever they went at least one youngster was sure to follow.
To Enjoy a Meal - Sit in the Dish.
After an exchange of ideas on Twosie the Hedgehog I decided that the bulk cheap mealworms I had bought on eBay were useless. The Hedgehogs ignored them and even the Starlings left them. Fortunately I still had a few packets left from my usual supplier so I put some of those along with Sunflower hearts, peanut nibbles and crushed unsalted peanuts in a spare mesh dish. Then it was a question of waiting for a visitor. What a difference! Honey turned up and made lots of short visits to the dish, even climbing in it to get at the free grub more easily.
One piece of action I missed recording was when Honey wanted to know what was under the dish so she stuck her nose under and nearly tipped it over as she pushed it out of the way.
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