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From: Helene Heldorfer
Joliet, IL
I have several "Autumn Joy" sedum plants in my garden. For the past several years, I have noticed that birds (I believe they are finches) perch on them and eat the leaves. This occurs from the time the plants have reached their full size through the fall, but the birds don't seem interested in the flowers or seeds. The leaves look a little tattered, but the birds don't really harm the plants. I'm just wondering why they do this.

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From: Sandra Mason
State Master Gardener Coordinator
Champaign/Ford/Iroquois/Vermilion Unit
Helene, this is a new one for me. I wonder if they are going after insects on the leaves. might want to check with a local Audubon Soc. Sandy

From: Dancing WithPorcupines
Decatur, IL
My Fiches are eating my Almond Joy Sedum leaves. I think they are after the moisture is the leaves. The damage is on the edges of the leaves.

I wonder if there's a way to discourage this behavior. The is a bird with 15 feet of the plats.

From: Babs K
I agree with the poster saying they are after the moisture. They leaves might taste good also. I've seen various birds, including finches, drink from my hummingbird feeders. Sadly, the first year I noticed my sedum looking bedraggled I sprayed them for bugs. I felt so bad afterwards when I saw that it was the birds, not bugs. Your plants will come back. They won't harm it. Just enjoy them. I call it my bird bush.

From: LiliRoze G
New Castle, DE
Not sure when this original thread began, but I have noticed birds perching in my sedum early in the morning and after rain or watering. I realized they are drinking the water that gathers in the sturdy, cupped leaves. I love it. So far they haven't tattered the edges, but I agree with Babs K -- enjoy them, it's nature!

They are finch sized birds but do not look like my normal finches. These little birds are darker gray and have red on them. They arrived after the rain so that seems to fit. There were two of them that arrived together ... stayed for a couple of minutes and left together.

From: Sechrest
Belleville, IL
I have house finches eating my sedum. At first I thought they were eating the flower buds. Then, I saw the bites out of the leaves. The house finch is a little gray/brown bird. The male has a pretty red head and chest. Some people don't like this bird. I enjoy them! I think they are lovely and they have a very pretty song.

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