Goldfinches are lovely and appealing birds of the backyard. While the wild canaries may be fine, backyard birders who understand how to attract goldfinches by catering meticulously for their requirements and preferences can find flocks of gold in their courtyards.
How to Attract them
Like any backyard bird, the basic needs of goldfinches for healthy food, fresh water, safe shelters, and suitable nesting areas must be met in order to easily attract them. Here are some important tips for attracting the goldfinches:
1. Place Feeders in Which Finches are Safe
An open feeder can make finches feel vulnerable to predators. If the finch feeder is placed near a bush or a tree, the finches will feel protected, and can also encourage them to explore the new feeder. You can move it far enough away from shrubs and trees once it has been discovered to avoid squirrels.
2. Remove Other Feeders Temporarily
Birds are usual creatures, and it may take days or even weeks to use a new feeder sometimes. There’s something new in the yard that they’re not used to, and first, they have to warm up. Removing other feeders from the area temporarily encourages birds to drill outside their typical routine and can allow them to find a new feeder. Quite strangely, half-full filling of a fresh feeder appears to draw birds to the feeder.
3. Finches Require Clean Feeders
Finches don’t like dirty finch feeders and prevent a feeder if it’s moldy or unclean elsewhere. Seed can also become dense when it rains, and birds will not be able to remove seeds from the feeder. A weather guard can prevent moisture and clumping of the seeds in your feeder. Clean feedingstuffs keep birds healthy and attract fodder.
4. Seed Plants Attract Finches
Blossoming flowers and seedlings attract birds to your yard. Goldfinches are granivores and sometimes eat dandelion grain, grass, floral heads, including Black-Eyed Susans, and pine cones and leaves of some plants.