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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Defy the Doldrums with Goldfinches

Many outdoor activities may fall prey to the “summer doldrums” during these warm and steamy months…but backyard bird feeding is not one of them.

If you don't feed the birds in the summer, you will miss out on a growing cast of birds that are displaying their most dazzling plumage and interesting behaviors. High on the list for entertainment value is of one of our most luminous backyard birds — the goldfinch.

During July, long after most birds have started their families, the American Goldfinch is just beginning its nesting process for the first and only time of the year. You do not want to miss this exciting time of vibrant song and fascinating courtship behavior.

Goldfinch nesting coincides with the availability of plant down for nest construction and the abundant supply of their preferred food to feed their young.

Young goldfinches are dependent on their parents for at least three weeks after fledging. Their energetic begging, chasing and harassment of their parents for food at your feeders are truly some of the biggest payoffs of participating in the bird feeding hobby.

Goldfinches love to eat fresh, dry Nyjer® (thistle), and they also enjoy sunflower chips. Make sure you have plenty on hand to take advantage of one of the most exciting times of year to feed birds…it’s a sure cure for the summer doldrums!

Source: WBU Nature News


Joy K. said...

Hey! You stole my goldfinches just when they were starting to look fancy!

Wild Birds Unlimited said...

I love, love, love the goldfinches! The only thing I love more are the baby goldfinches!!!

Some customers are annoyed by the constant squeaky toy noise they make, but I think it sounds so happy.

We're lucky to have goldfinches year round in Michigan.

Vetsy said...

This is so true... The goldfinches that visit my yard will just fly on by or sometimes make a quick stop for a drink of water,

But the only way for me to enjoy them for a longer period of time during the summer is to provide thistle seeds for them.

I too" love, love, love, them... They are such a beautiful brilliant yellow..

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

Habitat can be a key to attracting Goldfinches. They are here year round in Michigan and they love flower seeds.

Flowers that produce seed heads like the Marigold, Zinnias, Cosmos, or Coneflowers are very attractive to goldfinches.

The birds make the flowers dance as they flit from flower to flower looking for seeds.

I'm obsessed with the goldfinches. They do lose their bright yellow color in the winter but when they sing on those long, cold, dreary days, it's like they bring a little sunshine with them.