European Goldfinch question

To: Ákos Lumnitzer <>, <>
Subject: European Goldfinch question
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 11:14:06 +1000
Hi Akos,

The plant appears to be the introduced Common Sowthistle Sonchus oleraceus
or possibly a related species.  There is a native species in the Sydney
HANZAB states that the European Goldfinch feeds on the seeds of introduced
plants mostly thistles and other weeds.  I would say that the bird was
feeding rather than collecting nesting material.  In addition the breeding
season is usually from September to March.


Greg Clancy

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