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Goldfinches really are one of our 'special, birds aren't they? thier colour is so vibrant and they are great fun to watch on garden feeders or even better flower seed heads!
When we moved into our house about two years ago I used to see a large group of Goldfinches in the garden two doors down but they never ventured onto my feeders! In a bid to attract them I started feeding Niger Seeds and within days we had a regular procession of these beautiful birds in the garden.
Over winter I leave all the seed heads on the plants in my large perennial border such as Rudbeckia and of course sunflowers amongst others. We now get regular raiding parties of up to a dozen finches coming into the garden where they often spend hours feeding on these seed heads.
So if you want to keep them coming start feeding Niger seed and don't be to keen to chop down your perennials until next spring, you might be surprised who comes to visit!!..
It's amazing how much difference the type of food makes to the visitors you get.. i always wonder how on earth the birds find their way to your food.
When we moved out into the country the first thing i did was get a feeding station up and running, baring in mind the garden was a 20 m2 piece of grass with not a single plant in it, so no shelter, i wasn't expecting too much at first.. Boy was i wrong, I put up mixed seed and peanuts, as well as some fat balls, first to arrive were obviously the blue tits, great tits, sparrows and starlings. Then came the green finches and some yellow hammers eating the scraps off the ground. Then a woodpecker appeared, and a pied wagtail started to visit along with chaffinches. Interestingly no gold finches.
So last week i got a nijer feeder and stuck it up, and litterally withing an hour gold finches started to appear, now i have them forming lines to visit.. Next i'm hopeing for a siskin!
I have as many as 20 Goldfinch at a time two or three times a day. They seem to come in a flock (sorry charm) and all fly away together. I feed Niger seed and chopped sunflower hearts. I also get Green Finch most types of Blue Tits Tree Creepers and sparrows. We also have resident blackbirds and a Jenny Wren in the garden.
here in the city we also have goldfinches and a good variety of widlife as well as birds.in fact I see more here than when I am out in the countryside.
I live on the outskirts of a big city and besides rhe birds I have squirrels andn hedgehogs visiting daily
I heard somewhere that for some unknown reason while other bird populations are being devastated goldfinches are increasing in number - hope its true - I love them
wish they'd find out where all the birds are going though - and help the farmers grow food without being so toxic to wildlife - money isnt everything