This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 at 8:31 am and is filed under Bird Accessories, Nesting Material, Thistle Feeders, Uncategorized, Wild Bird Feeders. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.
Although Goldfinches will visit thistle bird feeders all year long, summer time is when their vibrant yellow plumage is displayed. Completing two full molts per year, this is just in time for their breeding season. They are primarily monogamous, and one of the latest bird species to nest, waiting until late June or July.
You can encourage Goldfinches to nest in your yard by offering nesting material placed in close proximity to thistle bird feeders. There are several commercial nesting materials available, including the new Hummer Helper. Cotton yarns and strings, dryer lint, and pet hair are a few handy things which can be placed in a mesh bag to offer as nesting material too.
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