Unlike many wild birds, Goldfinches are more likely to give up and fly away than to compete for food around a crowded nyjer feeder. It’s just not in their amazingly sweet disposition to fight for a spot at a feeder, which is sad because they’re wonderful birds to have around…especially in warmer months when they display vibrant yellow plumage.
A great way to solve this problem inexpensively, and still accommodate tons of finches in your yard is by hanging thistle socks. Made of durable nylon mesh with a draw cord type closure, these effective little feeders provide “all-over” feeding space for finches and others who enjoy nyjer seed.
They’re available in a variety of of sizes, from smaller sacks holding a few cups of thistle seed, to jumbo sizes holding a much as a pound or two. Some sacks even have wooden roofs, or some type of weather guard attached as well to help protect them from the elements.
If finches are flocking to your thistle bird feeder in droves, it may be time to add more feeders! Not the same tube type feeders, but inexpensive thistle socks, made of mesh with a simple drawstring closure. They are highly effective at giving finches their “needed” space to feed.
Since the socks, or sack is mesh, the whole surface offers feeding space. They do not have to be cleaned, and are meant to be disposable after they become worn and tattered. You can get hundreds of feeders from just one thistle sock.
Goldfinches, unlike other birds, are non-aggressive around feeders. Instaed of fighting for food, they are apt to just give up. So by adding another thistle bird feeder or two, you can accommodate more Goldfinches inexpensively, and effectively!