There are a lot of goldfinches around my house/street just outside Leeds but they never seem to land. They're on tv aerials and on top of houses each day but I have never seen them feed. I put out a feeder for them with nyjer seeds and even added a little thistle to attract them. They're obviously feeding elsewhere (which I'm of course happy about!) but I'm wondering if I keep the feeder up in case their current food source dries up (I just mean for the summer as I would definitely make sure it's back for the winter) and also if there's anything else I can do to make my garden appeal to them.
Thanks in advance,
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In reply to Fulgrim:
Thank you both for your help! The feeder has been up for a couple of weeks now. I only moved into this house a month ago so it might be that they will do their own thing in summer and then need some help with food in the winter. I'm not sure what the patterns are and that's actually really exciting.
I've got some sunflower hearts out as well, and they're definitely popular with other birds! We had a goldfinch on our back fence once, but that's the only time I've seen them land anywhere at all. I absolutely love hearing them and seeing them every day, and selfishly I'd like them to get a little bit closer :)
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