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                                                                                                       Nature Notes By

                                                                                                       David Williams

                                                                                                                  uring November the   most of the birds we see in the UK. There  teasel and thistle heads. An empty teasel
                                                                                                                  dried heads of dipsacus,   is only a small difference between male   head can be refilled using niger seed.
                                                                                                                  better known as teasel,   and female with the males having the   These are widely available from wild
                                                                                                                  provide a ready meal of   red head band stretching a little further   bird food stockists. Niger seed will also
                                                                                                                  seed for birds including   behind the eye.     attract goldfinches to bird feeders. Niger
                                                                                                      Dthe goldfinch. The             Just as all of the other finches, they   seed is high in nutritious oils, proteins
                                                                                                       popular name teasel comes from the   are, for the most part, granivorous. In   and soluble sugars. This seed will also
                                                                                                       time when the seed heads were used   other words, they like eating seeds.   attract other finches and siskins to the
                                                                                                       to raise the nap on fabrics particularly   They also take insects, particularly for   feeder.
                                                                                                       to tease woollen nap. This was before   their young. Four to six eggs are laid in   Sunflower hearts are another good
                                                                                                       carding took over in many parts of the   a nest which has been built entirely by   way of attracting goldfinches. Growing
                                                                                                       industry although some teasels are still   the female with no help from the male   sunflowers is a good way of attracting
                                                                                                       used today.                  bird who accompanies her to the nesting   pollinators as well as birds for the
                                                                                                         The stem and leaves have prickles   site. As the chicks grow, the amount of   resultant seed heads to our gardens.
                                                                                                       which dissuade many creatures from   insects in their diet is reduced while seed   Whatever way they are attracted,
                                                                                                       taking advantage of the plant. The seed   intake is increased. Both parents help in   goldfinches are a lovely addition to
         Nawr yn derbyn                                                                                head is the remnant of a purple, pink or   feeding the young. Fledglings have the   the bird population of any garden. It is
         archebion Nadolig /                    CARE FOR                                               lavender coloured flower which has an
         Now taking Orders for                                                                                                      characteristic wing colours of the adult   well worth trying to attract this species
         Christmas                                                                                     interesting sequence of flowering. The   birds but don’t have the head colours   although your efforts will also benefit
                                                YOU...          SO YOU CAN TAKE                        first colour on the head will be seen in   until they are more mature.  the other seed loving birds who frequent
                                                                  CARE OF THEM                         the centre before spreading to the top   Goldfinches like picking seeds out of   your local patch.
                                                                                                       and bottom of the flower head. It’s as
                                                                                                       if the colour expands.
                                                                                                         Teasels are grown in domestic
                                                                                                       gardens for ornamental properties
                 Marchnad Bysgod                                                                       as well as attracting birds such as
                                                                                                       goldfinches. The plants are also
                    Fish Market                                                                        encouraged to grow at nature reserves
                                                                                                       to attract seed eating birds after the
           Ystod eang o bysgod ffres a bwyd môr                                                        pollinators have taken advantage of
               Helfa cychod lleol pan ar gael                                                          the flowers. The goldfinch seems to be
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                                                                                                       taken to eating teasel seeds as part of
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