|American Goldfinch on Coneflower. Photo courtesy of Rodney Campbell|
They don’t nest until late summer so there is nothing holding them down to one territory and they are always scouting for new feeding sites. If you keep your feeders clean and full of fresh seed, when they do decide to nest your yard will have the best curb appeal. Flowers also attract finches. Goldfinches will flock to any flowers that form a seed head like cosmos or black-eyed-susans or Coneflowers.
American goldfinches are granivores, eating mainly seeds. In the wild they look for grass seeds, thistle, and other low-growing herbaceous seeds. In the summer you will see them perch on flower heads eating seeds. They can make weak stemmed flowers like cosmos dance as they ride it to the ground while eating and then let it bounce back up when their done. In the winter it is good to let your garden stand. Even though the garden may look brown and dead, it is still full of natural seeds that help the birds be less reliant on feeders in backyards.
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