[Tweeters] American Goldfinch feeding on a windblown plant

Hank H h.heiberg at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 8 15:48:44 PDT 2018


Thanks to Stewart and everyone else who replied identifying the plant that the Goldfinch was eating. The answers were unanimous...Yellow Salsify.

Hank Heiberg
Issaquah, WA

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> On Jul 8, 2018, at 2:44 PM, Stewart Wechsler <ecostewart at gmail.com> wrote:

>

> Hank's plant with is Goldfinch feeding as it waves in the wind is almost surely Tragopogon dubius - Yellow Salsify a common non-native plant, more common in eastern WA than in Western WA. Alternately, there is a much smaller chance it would be Tragopogon pratensis - Meadow Salsify, (also alien) which I believe is much less widespread in our area.

>

> I know that I am more of a plant guy than most of "Tweeterdom", so I thought I should post my reply for those who were curious about the answer.

>

> -Stewart Wechsler

> www.stewardshipadventures.com

>

>> Message: 3

>> Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2018 22:00:16 -0700

>> From: Hank H <h.heiberg at yahoo.com>

>> To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

>> Subject: [Tweeters] American Goldfinch feeding on a windblown plant,

>> Kittitas County

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>

>> >> Take your dramamine before watching this video

>> >

>> > https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/42550378264/in/dateposted/

>> >

>> >> of an American Goldfinch feeding on the seeds from this plant:

>> >>

>> >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ljcouple/42549940624/in/photostream/

>> >>

>> >> in the wind in Cle Elum. An ID of the plant would be appreciated.

>> >

>> >> Hank Heiberg

>> >> Issaquah, WA

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