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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why I like to feed goldfinches

If you love watching bird behavior, there is nothing more fun than the American Goldfinches. These small bright yellow and black birds have a roller-coaster flight and a lovely song. They roam from garden to garden making the flowers dance as they eat seed heads until late spring when they choose a territory where they will nest.
 
Now they are looking for natural cottony material or pet hair to line their cup shaped nest and a yard with a known source of food in anticipation of the arrival of their little ones.

And the babies are one of the reasons I love this time of year! Their demanding "Momma, Daddy" calls for food sound so similar to a dog’s squeaky toy, I find them adorable.

fledgling goldfinches
I’ve noticed the goldfinches feel more comfortable with the feeder in or near trees. My favorite feeders are the Mesh Finch Feeders. Several birds can feed at a time, the seed airs out, it's easy to clean, easy to fill, has a lifetime guarantee, and is made in the USA.

So if you were ever thinking about attracting American Goldfinches, now would be a great time to add a finch feeder to your yard. I also love that I can hang the feeder anywhere because squirrels and other animals don't bother with Nyjer Thistle. And the seed has been heat treated so it can't sprout weeds.

Related Articles:
Nyjer (thistle) isn't related to Canada Thistle http://bit.ly/Nt8Xxu
Goldfinch Migration http://bit.ly/MzGSPD
Are Goldfinches here in the winter? http://bit.ly/PZu5ML
Bird of the week: American Goldfinch http://bit.ly/PZum2a