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    Finch Bird Feeders feed More than Just Finches

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    Thistle seed, also known as nyjer, is a great way to attract more species of wild birds to your yard. Best know for feeding finches, other species enjoy this versatile seed as well.  Shown above, Indigo Buntings are perched at this feeder. Guess they don’t mind that it’s really meant for finches? Juncos and Towhees can also be seen at finch bird feeders, as well as Pine Siskins. By adding finely chopped sunflower hearts or meats, you’ll attract these species easily if they are native to your geographic area.

    The other great thing with finch bird feeders, is that thistle seed will not germinate. No messy weeds to sprout below feeders in the garden or yard. Thistle is coveted for its high fat and protein content, and is eaten almost exclusively by Goldfinches. They will perch at the feeder, eating seed after seed then carry off their prize to the nestlings. The babies eat the exact same diet as their adult parents, so these feeders make for an excellent birder’s observation.

    As always, a fresh water source will draw more birds into your yard than feeders alone, so be sure to have some type of bird bath available year-round. And remember, Goldfinches aren’t yellow all year, so don’t think they’re not around. Winter weather brings a dull brownish-green plumage, as it is the warmer months of spring and summer that show the vibrant yellow plumage.

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    So You Got a Finch Feeder for Christmas?

    finch feederHere’s what to do next: Go out and buy some thistle seed, also called nyjer seed, and fill that finch feeder immediately! The best way to attract the American Goldfinch is to feed thistle year-round. Although the birds wear a rather drab color plumage during winter months, their vibrant, lemon yellow color is a site to behold during warmer months.

    They’ve earned the nickname “wild canary” but as their nesting season winds down and fall colors appear, they will molt. This process replaces worn, tattered feathers with a set of new, fresh feathers.

    Goldfinches are admired for their gentle disposition, and sweet song. Thistle seed, which is high in fat and protein is also enjoyed by House and Purple Finches, Towhees, Pine Siskins, Juncos, and Buntings. So if your desire is vibrant summer color…keep your new finch feeder filled year-round!

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    Put Finch Feeders on the Christmas List!

    finch feeders

    Don’t forget about your birds out back…
    Say Merry Christmas to them with a new birdhouse or bird feeder!

    Stanley Tate/For the Times-Georgian
    Published: Dec 8, 2009

    Are you having trouble filling your Christmas list? I am. It was easier and more fun when I could just write a letter to Santa. Santa never made mistakes. Well, except for that time he brought me Elmo underwear. I don t know what went wrong that year.

    Have you considered a bird feeder? A bird feeder for the backyard is a gift that shortens the distance between wild birds and people. A tube feeder filled with sunflower seeds attracts chickadees, titmice and finches. A platform feeder covered with millet brings in sparrows. Finch feeders will keep goldfinches and others fat and sassy.finch feeders

    There are a lot of really good feeders out there and a lot of bad ones, too. It s easy to be drawn to the ones with all the artsy stuff on them. However, there s a good rule of thumb when it comes to bird feeders: the uglier the better. Bird feeders and guard dogs need to look downright ugly to get the job done. A bird feeder in the shape of a church, a castle, or Graceland isn t going to make it through many winters just like a Schnoodle. Even if you take the bow out of its hair, it isn t going to keep many bad guys from stealing the gold you have hidden under your bed.

    When I say ugly, I don t mean it has to look like a gargoyle or the face of an Ultimate Fighting champion, but it can t have cutesy flowers on it either. A good feeder should be all about lasting for years, and my experience is that the best feeders are made in this country. I have no problem with imported products, but unlike cameras and TV s, the best bird feeders are made here.

    A good feeder must be easy to fill, but it is more important that it be easy to clean. A good feeder is made to come apart easily so you can remove old or wet seeds. If you can t figure out how to take a feeder apart and clean it, don t buy it.

    Many people buy large capacity feeders so they don t have to fill them as often. That can be a mistake. In rainy weather, seed will get wet and spoil before it can be eaten. Several small feeders may be a better choice than one that is extra-large. Also, birds are only protected by a thin layer of feathers, so avoid feeders with sharp metal or glass edges.

    Wooden feeders appeal to many people, and if cared for they will last. However, wooden feeders often will be chewed up by squirrels. If you buy a wooden feeder, you will need to protect it.

    If you are going to buy the people on your Christmas list only one feeder, I suggest a tube feeder. Tube feeders are usually made of clear plastic 3 or 4 inches around and 18 inches tall with metal perches no, the birds feet won t sick to metal in winter and metal on other key points to protect against squirrels.

    Good tube feeders keep the seed reasonably dry, are easy to fill, easy to clean, and with baffles, easy to squirrel proof. They cost between $20 and $40 bucks and most come with a lifetime warranty.

    I know what you are thinking. This all sounds good, but $20 to $40 bucks is a lot to spend on a Christmas present for all my relatives.

    If that s how you feel, forget everything I ve said and buy them all a set of Elmo underwear.

    (Tate is a Carrollton resident and bird enthusiast.)