General birdwatching discussion, help with bird identification, and all other things relating to wild birds and birding in NZ that don't fit in one of the other forums.
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A week or so ago I was puzzled to see a goldfinch with a woolly tuft on its upper bill. The bird was perched on a dead conifer branch with woolly aphids at its feet, suggesting it had brought the aphids there from somewhere else. It kept wiping the sides of its bill against a branch, missing the moustache-like tuft. Then a few days later I saw a goldfinch pecking at a woolly aphid in a nearby pittosporum. They are known to feed small invertebrates to their young. I didn't see a nest, but was not really looking for one.
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they could be using it as a nest lining material?thistledown and cobwebs I have seen being collected.