As a comment about Norway Spruce (Picea abies), SongofJoy wrote:

The goldfinches have been very busy devouring the seeds from this tree this winter. It is a habitat and shelter for all kinds of birds, and the cardinals and others may be feasting on the seeds as well.
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Dec 17, 2013 9:19 AM CST
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I was very surprised to see the finches in my sweet birch this winter eating the catkins.
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Dec 17, 2013 9:43 AM CST
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That's interesting. I usually have a lot of feeders out there, and I think I was focused on those and didn't notice the birds eating the seeds much before.
I garden for the pollinators.
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