A Greedy Goldfinch

A lesser goldfinch snacks on thistle clumps, holding the food with one foot
A lesser goldfinch snacks on thistle clumps, holding the food with one foot

A little while back, I found this lesser goldfinch feasting on thistle. When I found him, he already had one clump of thistle clutched with his foot.

A lesser goldfinch snacks on thistle clumps, holding the food with one foot
A lesser goldfinch grabs a second thistle clump while still holding the first

He saw another piece he liked and…

A lesser goldfinch snacks on thistle clumps, holding the food with one foot
A lesser goldfinch perches while clutching two thistle clumps, trying not to drop any

now he had two.

He started munching away, but got a little animated, causing one of the clumps to drop. No problem, there’s one more right here.

A lesser goldfinch snacks on thislte clumps, holding the food with one foot
A lesser goldfinch grabs yet another thistle clump after dropping one

This time, we wasn’t taking chances, and kept the new thistle in his mouth.

A lesser goldfinch snacks on thislte clumps, holding the food with one foot
A lesser goldfinch perches with the new thistle in his mouth

After sitting there a while, I think he realized that in order to consume his new finds, he’d have to relocate to a better location. And off he went.