Sedum forum: Goldfinches Eating my Sedum!

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Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Jun 26, 2016 11:55 AM CST
The goldfinches keep eating my Sedum 'Lime Twister.' It's the only sedum they are eating. It has been very hot here. I give them food and birdbaths each day. At least they aren't damaging it too much.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2016 12:04 PM CST

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Wow! Clint there are sure some weird things going on with the birds this year. It would be great and interesting if you can get a photo of them feeding on it.
Some one else in another thread was having problems with birds feeding on one of their hylotelphium type sedum.
Name: Tim Stoehr
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tcstoehr
Jun 26, 2016 12:22 PM CST
Seems like every year the finches find something new to eat in my yard. This year they are devouring my Kale. I wonder if they're also biting my Sempervivums. I watch various birds hopping around thru my semps, but I have yet to catch anyone in the act. I hope they don't decide to eat the Sedum Lime Zinger I just planted.
Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Jun 26, 2016 4:53 PM CST
They were eating my Semps last year. Lol. They don't do much damage. I still like them. I just wish they'd focus on their seeds. Those birds are so hungry all the time!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2016 9:37 PM CST

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So far the goldfinches stick to the seeds of my poker lilies and the weed seed out in the field. It sure is fun watching them teach the babies how to cling to the lily stalk and pull the seeds out.
The blue jays are the trouble makers here. But are very entertaining.
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Cinta
Jun 28, 2016 7:06 PM CST
The Robin use the red sedum to decorate their nest. Every year they make a nest under the garage roof which is in front of my sedum garden. I get out the car and look up and red sedum is hanging from the nest. I pull it out and plant it back in the garden and they go pick some more and put some more in their nest.

I gave up. When they leave the nest for the year I pull the sedum out and plant it in the garden. Blinking
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 28, 2016 10:08 PM CST

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That is a great story Cinta.
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Cinta
Jun 29, 2016 1:33 PM CST
Yes Lynn she is decorating her home.

What is this one eyeballing with great intent?
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The sedum of course.
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They have picked the basket clean of all the coir from the pot. Now that they have made their nest she is food shopping. I think some time I should call my hanging baskets a Birdmart/Walmart. All inclusive Food/building - material/home decorating store.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 29, 2016 1:39 PM CST

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Bird buffet. What a sweet little bird.
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goldfinch4
Jul 19, 2016 3:59 AM CST

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They even pull the little wire pieces of tie wrap off my clematis to use in their nests.
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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Jul 19, 2016 9:47 AM CST
This is why I quit using coir lined baskets in the garden. A couple of weeks into nesting season and they are gone and the soil is on the ground!
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Newyorkrita
Jul 19, 2016 9:51 AM CST
I have found it is not unusual for the Goldfinches to eat the seeds of various Sedums here in my yard. They do seem to like some more than others. And I guess it also depends on what else is out there for them to eat. They would rather eat directly from the sunflower heads if those are anywhere near ripe.
Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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clintbrown
Jul 19, 2016 10:25 AM CST
The finches and Mockingbirds are eating the entire leaves of some of my Sedum plants. The Mockingbirds ate an entire hanging basket of mine. They ate every single leaf off of them. I caught them in the act. LOL. I don't worry because Sedums will put out from the stem after being destroyed. I can always break off some new pieces to replace the old ones any way.
Name: Peggy
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PeggyB
Aug 13, 2016 11:23 AM CST
Hate to say it, but I wish I could say some Goldfinches were eating my sedum! It's the NJ state bird but we rarely see them in the area I'm in. Had a few in the yard at the feeder in May, but none since. :(

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