The first time I spotted several gold finches on my swiss chard, I assumed they were eating some insect. Yet swiss chard is rather insect resistant. And it looked like they were eating small pieces of the leaves. Today was the third time I have seen finches on the chard. When I arrived at the garden I scared off maybe half a dozen finches. Yet several remained to tear at the chard.
Gold finch on my swiss chard, November 1st, 2012
Two finches right in the middle
Now I love having gold finches in my yard. I even encourage them with all of the different perennials I have that make a finch seed bonanza. Luckily, when the chard is at its peak, the finches have plenty of other food. Now I am happy that they have an alternate food source. Eat your veggies little birdies.