Juvenile American Goldfinch- Saluda, NC- 93E0530

This handsome little finch, the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington, is welcome and common at feeders, where it takes primarily sunflower and nyjer (bird seed).  This time dinner is completely different.  Several caterpillars on the leaf of the tree will make a delicious dinner.

Juvenile American Goldfinch- Saluda, North Carolina, 93E0530-2

Incidentally, these insects (I assume) are the culprits who build that silky substance and make their tents in the nodes and branches of a tree’s limbs, called Caterpillar Tent found everywhere in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  More on Caterpillar Tent in future posts.

Juvenile American Goldfinch- Saluda, North Carolina, 93E0530

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