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Wildlife Gardening: goldfinches are eating my swiss chard

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Saint Paul, MN

August 13, 2010
3:58 PM

Post #8038186

I thought I had some kind of insect eating my chard. However today I noticed that the culprits were my goldfinches! I know the goldfinches don't eat insects and I definitely saw them tearing out the tender portions of the chard between the veins. Not that I mind too much I have enough but I'd never seen this before.

I only had my cell phone camera so I didn't get the birds but this is what the chard looks like.

Anyone else ever notice them eating swiss chard?

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Marlton, NJ

August 13, 2010
10:17 PM

Post #8038770

Hi grik, A small amount of their diet does consist of insects mainly aphids. I don't have swiss chard but thats an interesting observation.
Mt Vernon, WA

December 5, 2011
4:16 PM

Post #8917719

Grik - I have also noticed this. We have a thistle feeder in front of our living room window, which is surrounded by a shrub/perennial garden, and I planted a few extra chard starts there just for kicks, and one fine summer day I was surprised to watch the goldfinches tear off little chunks of chard and eat them.


Clarksville, TN
(Zone 7a)

March 11, 2012
10:29 AM

Post #9038090

Just saw this thread. I luv Swiss Chard and grow it as well but had never noticed the goldfinches eating it here. And we are loaded with goldfinches. I have a thistle feeder too and they also love the sunflower seed feeder. This year has been so warm though that I think they have been able to get at least nibbles of green things all winter. I wonder if weather has anything to do with it ... or if they just have good taste and love chard. :)
Madison, WI

February 17, 2013
12:15 PM

Post #9422087

They like other leafy veggies too, like Spinach
Downingtown, PA

December 6, 2013
5:18 PM

Post #9722917

Last year in 2012 when my chard were farther up, I saw goldfinches on them, eating. I though they might be eating the slugs or some insect, but they seemed to have torn the leaves.

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