Goldfinch and Pods

A detail from a feeding frenzy. Half a dozen sweetgum trees, with pods all over the ground and road they bordered. Many of the pods were still hanging from the trees, too. They attracted several dozen American Goldfinches, on the ground and acrobatically hanging from the pods overhead. I don’t recall ever seeing so many of these finches at once.

The small sweetgum seeds, in these magnificent DeathStar pods, are major food source in winter.

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